"Anti-inflammatory, Protects Against Cancer, Full of Antioxidants"
Maple syrup is still a sugar and it's made up of 2/3rds regular sugar... so it should be used in small amounts. But Maple Syrup does have many health benefits which are much better than regular cane or beet sugar... and of course much better than all those chemical sweeteners.
Where it Grows - Sugar Maple trees grow all over the world in colder climates in the US, Canada, Japan, Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Most maple syrup, in fact, 80% comes from Canada because they have lots of open space and lots of sugar maple trees and very cold climate which they need.
Other Names - The Latin name for Sugar Maple Tree is Acer saccharum.
Buy Only Pure Maple Syrup - Pure Maple Syrup should only contain pure maple syrup without any additives or preservatives.
Removing Tree Sap for Syrup - In the winter time the trees are tapped and the water moving in the under bark layer is removed and boiled down to make maple syrup.
Low Glycemic Index - The glycemic index of maple syrup is 54 and honey is 55 and cane sugar is at 65. And any food that is 55 and under is considered a low glycemic index food. But it's at the high end of low... so use Maple Syrup in moderation... it's still sugar. And studies in Canada show that Maple Syrup can slow down the digestion and breakdown of carbohydrates which is impressive.
High in Antioxidants - Maple Syrup compared to sugar contains lots of good antioxidants which are important. Maple Syrup contains up to 24 antioxidants and the lower grade and less expensive and darker Maple Syrups contain more antioxidants. Maple Syrup contains antioxidants such as gallic acid, benzoic acid, and cinnamic acid, plus powerful flavonoids such as rutin, quercetin, catechin, and epicatechin.
Contains B Vitamins - Compared to other sweeteners Maple Syrup contains some B - Vitamins which is wonderful.
Great Anti-inflammatory Agent - Maple Syrup contains polyphenols like that found in green tea which help to heal inflammation and prevent and heal DNA damage. The first step towards disease is inflammation so preventing inflammation is very important.
Good for the Reproductive System - Because Maple Syrup contains zinc it's also good for our reproductive systems.
Prevents Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Maple syrup because of all the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds helps to prevent inflammatory bowel disease.
Boosts Up Immune System - Maple Syrup also strengthens our immune system and helps to prevent disease.
Good for the Cardiovascular System - Maple syrup contains minerals which help to lower cholesterol and help with inflammation thus helping to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
Helps with Diabetes - Studies show that in moderate amounts Maple Syrup can help with diabetes because it contains Abscisic acid which increases insulin sensitivity. Plus it also helps our pancreas to create more insulin.
Great for Acne - Maple Syrup applied to the skin and allowed to stay there for 15 minutes and then rinsed off will help heal acne. Because Maple Syrup is antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Use Maple Syrup in Moderation - Maple Syrup is still a true sugar so it's still important to use in moderation. Sugars in general, prevent the growth of good bacteria of probiotics so it's important to limit them as much as possible.
Helps Prevent Cancer - Because of all the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds Maple Syrup may help to prevent cancer. This is just the opposite of most other sugars like cane and beet sugar which create the growth of cancer. Studies in Canada have shown the Maple Syrup can actually slow down the growth of cancer cells. And other studies show that Maple syrup contains upwards of 54 compounds that work like antioxidants that prevent cancer.
Helps with Sleep, Stress, and Depression - Maple syrup contains manganese which helps with stress and depression. And it also helps a person relax so they can sleep better at night.
Creates Lots of Energy - Maple Syrup contains lots of simple sugars that give you energy so you can accomplish what you want that day.
Contains - Maple Syrup also contains calcium, manganese, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Finding - Most grocery stores sell pure Maple Syrup and it can also be found on amazon.com and ebay.com and other places online.
Good Alternative to Cane Sugar - Maple Sugar is a good alternative compared to cane sugar and all those terrible chemical sweeteners. But there are also other sweeteners such as mesquite powder, palm sugar, and yacon syrup, and other sweeteners that are also very good and full of antioxidants.
Many Blessings to Everyone!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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