If you eat a lot of processed foods, you’re getting BOMBED with refined sugar.
It’s not just white table sugar… but also high fructose corn syrup and even the healthy-sounding agave syrup.
They may make certain foods pleasantly sweet – or take the edge off savory or spicy foods – but they contribute ZERO benefits to your health.
I’m not going to ask you to banish all sweetness from your diet.
But it’s time to switch to a BETTER sugar – a healing sweetener that can boost your brain power and stop aging in its tracks.
A sweet tribal ‘tree trick’
North America’s indigenous tribes have celebrated the first full moon of spring – which they call the Sugar Moon — for hundreds of years with a ceremonial “Maple Dance.”
In the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, the natives are surrounded by the sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum), whose sweet sap they shared with the early colonists.
These tribesmen had something good… but those first pioneers made maple sap even BETTER by boiling it down into maple syrup.
That process brought out the special qualities that make maple such a sweet savior for your aging brain.
For one, it’s an outstanding source of the essential mineral manganese, which is known for its ability to protect the brain.
But that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to the neuroprotective effects of pure maple syrup…
A 2016 study published in The Canadian Journal of Neurosciencesfound that maple syrup extract can interfere with errant brain proteins from forming those “plaques and tangles” that are characteristic of brains with Alzheimer’s.
Second, maple syrup can beat back the ONE THING that’s MOST responsible for aging our brains…
Free radical damage… and the inflammation it causes.
Maple syrup gets to the root of what causes the damage and reduces oxidative stress – and it’s thanks to its 24 different antioxidants.
The most powerful of those compounds include:
- caffeic acid: Studies have shown it to be one of the most neuroprotective antioxidants out there! A 2018 study out of Italy found that it improved learning and memory in Alzheimer’s-induced mice. And it can enhance blood flow to the brain, beat back brain cell damage, and clear excess sugar from your brain, to boot.
- gallic acid: According to a 2016 study on rats, itimproves cognitive function.
- cinnamic acid: A 2018 study out of Iran found that it can improve memory in diabetic mice.
- ferulic acid: In a 2017 study, Chinese researchers found that it slowed memory impairment and kept brain cells from dying off.
Research has firmly established the antioxidant activity of each of the above compounds on their own …
But it’s the complex way they’ve been mixed together in maple syrup that gives you a HUGE bang for your buck.
In fact, maple syrup is SO packed with nutrients… that they OFFSET concerns about its high sucrose content.
Scientists have discovered that while it’s made of sugar, maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar.
That means it won’t spike your blood sugar the way that table sugar or other sweeteners can.
And as I’ve shared with you right here, too much sugar in your brain will put you in the crosshairs for Alzheimer’s (a.k.a. “type 3 diabetes”).
Now, remember – just plain ol’ maple sap won’t do. It needs to be transformed into maple syrup under high heat for PEAK effectiveness.
Look for grade B pure maple syrup, which is darker and thicker – an indication that it’s richer in antioxidants than grade A.
Make sure it’s 100% real maple syrup and not maple-flavored syrup. (Sorry Mrs. Butterworth’s, but you just don’t cut it here.)
Although it’s healthier than refined and artificial sweeteners, don’t go gung-ho with it… and don’t start sweetening anything NEW with maple.
A little bit goes a long way. And too much sugar is hands-down TERRIBLE for your brain.