Shield the brain from neurodegenerative disease. When cellular proteins fold improperly and clump together, they accumulate and form the plaque that is involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. Three studies, presented as part of a two-day symposium at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, explored the beneficial effects of maple syrup extract on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
One study by researchers at the Krembil Research Institute of the University of Toronto, found that an extract of maple syrup may help prevent the misfolding and clumping of two types of proteins found in brain cells – beta amyloid and tau peptide. A second study showed that a pure maple syrup extract prevented the fibrillation (tangling) of beta amyloid proteins and exerted neuroprotective effects in rodent’s microglial brain cells. In a third study, maple syrup extract also prolonged the lifespan of an Alzheimer’s roundworm model in vivo. This study was conducted out of the University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with researchers at Texas State University.
One should note that results for mouse models sometimes differ for humans. Nonetheless, the studies suggest a significant possible brain benefit from a simple and commonly-used flavoring extract.