The Surprising Brain Benefits of Maple Syrup

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Nothing says breakfast like a stack of pancakes. But what would they be without a generous drizzle of sweet maple syrup? That’s a breakfast that does more than power up your morning. It may also power up your brain — and protect it from Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

Learn more about how Maple Syrup Compounds May Provide Some Sweetening for Brain

Turns out, maple syrup is loaded with potent, brain-boosting phenols, produced when the sap from a maple tree is boiled down. Researchers from the University of Toronto discovered that those phenols help prevent brain chemicals called peptides from clumping, a process that leads to brain diseases, especially Alzheimer’s. Those phenols helped to stop the tangling of proteins in the brain cells of rats and prolonged the life of a worm modeling Alzheimer’s disease.


Scientists still have lots of work to do, including follow-up trials in other animals and in humans, too. But for now, it’s good to know that maple syrup may have a role to play in improving cognition and keeping your brain healthy.

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