HEALTH BENEFITS OF PURE MAPLE SYRUP
Maybe we need to push back in unison, to act responsibly. There is no quick fixing our immune systems. Nature intended for the body to heal itself. Let us look to natural products, rather than chemically synthesized, for our healing and well-being. Pure maple syrup is one such 100% natural product.
Maple syrup should be prized for more than its taste—it is packed with health boosting properties.
Pure maple syrup has some 56 vital antioxidants called polyphenols, collectively called phytochemicals. NINE of these are unique to maple, one called quebecol, has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties Collectively they may lower risk for type 2 diabetes, inflammation, heart disease as well as play a role in obesity, just to list a few benefits.
Listed here are some of those properties in line with % recommended daily value (DV) per ¼ cup or 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup.
Pure Maple Syrup
- Supports mental function. The brain needs some carbohydrates for clear thinking. Shown to be beneficial for Alzheimer stability and healthy brain development.
- Contains the required nutrient, choline, for normal bodily function and health. It impacts liver function by stabilizing it, the liver is a detox organ and protein synthesizer. The body can not rebuild without the liver. It also impacts the nervous system, muscle movement and metabolism.
- It boasts to have the highly digestible proprietary manganese for ENERGY. 95% DV. More than in 2 cups of kale.
- It is low on the glycemic index (GI) which is a ranking of carbohydrates in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Maple syrup has a (GI) of 54. Foods with glycemic indexes of 55 or below are considered LOW. Which means they are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized causing a slower and lower rise in blood glucose and insulin levels. As a comparison, white table sugar has a glycemic index of 65.
- Contains immune system boosting zinc in its pure form. It is hard to get zinc from the soil, but trees pull many micronutrients up out of the soil.
- Provide calcium and potassium, good for bones, teeth, muscles, and immune system, and maintaining normal blood pressure.
- Contains 37% DV of riboflavin, (water soluble Vitamin B2), which helps to metabolize/break down carbohydrates into ATC which stores energy in the muscles. Also breaks down proteins and fats to produce energy and allows oxygen to be used by the body. Folic Acid is activated by B2 which helps prevent cataracts and migraines from developing and is essential for fetal development. Hint: when preparing green leafy vegetables, which are high in vitamin B2, microwave or steam them. Cooking them is water causes twice as much B2 to be lost because, as I mentioned before, B2 is water soluble.
- Claims 7% magnesium which helps to lower the rate of heart disease and may also offer protective benefits against the development of diabetes.
- Pure maple syrup has some 56 vital antioxidants called polyphenols, collectively called phytochemicals. Nine of these are unique to maple, one of which is called quebecol, believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Collectively they may also lower the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease as well as play a role in obesity.
- Maple Sap has two plant hormones in high concentration, abscisic and phasic acids. Studies show these plant hormones promote glucose uptake by the muscles, without any additional insulin secretion by the pancreas. This could contribute to better blood glucose control of the pancreas.
- Aids in hydration. Add to a plain glass of water, lemonade, or other summer drink, rather than refined sugar and soda pop drinks (which tends to dehydrate) to quench your thirst and replenish minerals lost in the sweat of good old summertime.
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