The Study of Maple Products

Pictured above is an info card we hand out at the Farmers Markets and include in our packages when our Uncle Pat’s General Store products are shipped.

Research has brought forth that pure maple syrup contains medicinally beneficial compounds. A summary from the 2010 report from the University of Rhode Island expert in medicinal plant research has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup that have been linked to human health, 13 of which are newly discovered in maple syrup. In addition, eight of the compounds have been found in the Acer (maple) family for the first time.

Folks are always asking about the health benefits of Maple Syrup and Maple Products. Here are portions of an article posted in Science Daily citing research on the possible health benefits of maple syrup: this pharmacy reasercher finds that Pure maple syrup contains medicinally beneficial compounds.

Keep in mind these stats are for Pure Maple Syrup.

In part, the article reads:

Before you dig in to your next stack of French toast or waffles, you might want to pour on pure maple syrup.

That’s because University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada that have been linked to human health, 13 of which are newly discovered in maple syrup.In addition, eight of the compounds have been found in the Acer (maple) family for the first time.

The URI assistant professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in URI’s College of Pharmacy presented his findings March 21 at the American Chemical Society’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The project was made 

 

possible by Conseil pour le développement de l’agriculture du Québec (CDAQ), with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program.

Several of these anti-oxidant compounds newly identified in maple syrup are also reported to have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties.

Prior to the study, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers already knew that its product was full of naturally occurring minerals such as zinc, thiamine and calcium. But it enlisted Seeram to research the presence of plant anti-oxidants. His research continues to determine if the compounds exist in beneficial quantities.

Serge Beaulieu, president of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, said Seeram’s lab is but one in