Here’s a Quick Way to Prevent Diabetes with Maple Syrup

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U.S. researchers have discovered that the growth of several types of cancerous cells can be considerably slowed, and the risk of diabetes can be decreased, with maple syrup.

Thirteen antioxidant compounds previously unknown to exist in syrup were discovered by University of Rhode Island’s Navindra Seeram. It has been reported that anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-bacterial characteristics have been found in some of maple syrup’s newly recognized antioxidants.

The Anti-diabetes Properties of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup contains increased levels of abscisic acid and phytohormone. These substances can effectively defend your body against diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The acid has a unique role in controlling diabetes. It release insulin through the pancreatic cells and promotes enhanced sensitivity of fat cells to insulin. Because of these unique actions, maple syrup can control diabetes.

The results of the studies were presented to the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. These results were carefully reviewed by other experts in the field.

The Anti Cancer Potential of Maple Syrup

Researchers in Quebec recently conducted a study on the anti cancer activity of maple syrup. The result of the study was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The study showed that maple syrup has the capability to slow down the growth of cancer cells.

Specifically, the syrup significantly slowed down the growth of cancerous cells in the prostate, brain and lungs. Meanwhile, the activity against breast cancer growth showed less significant results.

The Best Anti Cancer and Anti Diabetes Food

The following is from a study titled: Antioxidant Activity, Inhibition of Nitric Oxide Overproduction, and In Vitro Antiproliferative Effect of Maple Sap and Syrup from Acer saccharum, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, and written by Jean Legault, Karl Girard-Lalancette, Carole Grenon, Catherine Dussault and André Pichette: Maple sap and syrup from 30 producers in three Quebec, Canada, regions were evaluated concerning the time of harvest and abstract antioxidant activity, inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) overproduction and the antiproliferative effect of ethyl acetate extracts.

The harvest time does not have an analytically notable incidence on antioxidant activity of either maple sap or syrup extracts. Their Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) values are 12 +/- 6 and 15 +/- 5 mumol of Trolox equivalents (TE)/mg, respectively. A cell-based assay also confirmed the antioxidant activity. The ORAC assay was also used to establish the antioxidant activity of pure maple syrup.

The results show the pure maple syrup ORAC value of 8 +/- 2 mumol of TE/mL to be lower than the blueberry juice value of 24 +/- 1 mumol of TE/mL but similar to the strawberry juice value of 10.7 +/- 0.4 mumol of TE/mL and the orange juice value of 10.8 +/- 0.5 mumol of TE/mL. Lipopolysaccharide-induced NO overproduction in RAW264.7 murine macrophages was considerably inhibited by maple sap and syrup extracts.

It is believed that transforming maple sap into syrup enhances NO inhibition action, because the syrup extract was considerably more active than the sap extract. The maple syrup extracts induced the highest NO inhibition at the season’s end, and the darker syrup was more active than the clear syrup. This indicates that the activity could be partially attributed to some colored oxidized compounds. Maple syrup extracts (50% inhibitory concentration = 42 +/- 6 mug/mL) and pure maple syrup have a discriminating in vitro antiproliferative action against cancerous cells.

Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI: 10.1089/jmf.2009.0029

About the Author – Sandy Harris writes for the diabetic dessert recipes blog , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent, cure and manage diabetes using healthy snacks and recipes.

“Dirty” skin that won’t wash clean.. a medical condition lingering..

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acanthosis“Dirty” skin is a commonly missed medical condition.

The skin is hyper-pigmented, in a smooth, yet irregular, shape. It can be found in the “folds” of the skin.. at the neck, axila, navel, knees, elbows, ankles, and groin.

It is called Acanthosis Nigricans, and the main cause is Insulin Resistance.

Insulin Resistance is a pre-cursor to diabetes (pre-diabetes) and the main symptom of Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS.)

Type-2 (Adult-Onset) diabetes used to be something only adults needed to be concerned about..acanthosis2

But, many children are now being diagnosed with diabetes.

Insulin is a regulatory hormone, in the body.  It works with Glucagon, to tell the body when to store and not store the fat that we consume, in our diets.  It is triggered by carbohydrates or “sugars.”

When insulin levels are high, the body stores fat (converted “sugars”,) to use, later, for energy.

Glucagon is a regulatory hormone that pulls “fuel” from the body..  It is a reaction hormone and dependent on  insulin levels lowering, to react, to burn stored energy.

When we constantly consume “sugars” and junk food, we over stimulate our insulin production.  We burn out this imaginary switch, that tells the body to start producing Glucagon.

It doesn’t matter, to the body’s functioning whether we are not producing any insulin (Type I Diabetes) or if we have a constant supply of high levels of Insulin (Type II Diabetes.)  All that matters, is that Glucagon is not being triggered..

The body is constantly storing fat.  The “sugars,” being consumed, are being converted to fat, and also being stored.

Insulin Resistance is the main cause of obesity.

(Nothing in this article is intended as medical advice. Nothing in this article is intended to diagnose or cure disease.  It is purely for informational purposes.  Please allow your medical doctor to diagnose your illnesses.  Seek the advice of a medical professional, if you feel that you have a medical problem. This article was not written by a professional medical doctor.)

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What does the body consider “sugars?”

breads“Sugars” are any carbohydrate that is consumed.

“Sugars” include sweet substances like table sugar (sucrose,) fruit sugar (fructose,) milk sugar (lactose,) etc. (Look for words ending “ose” on labels.)

These sweet-tasting sugars can also be known as honeys, molasses, syrups, candies, and nectars.

“Sugars” also include non-sweet-tasting carbohydrates, including:

  • Breads
  • Crackers
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Cereals
  • Other Starchy veggies, including peas, corn, beans..

All “sugars” raise insulin levels in the bloodstream, when consumed.  When insulin levels are high, sugars are converted to fat, and all fats are stored in the body.

The trigger of insulin production is to the flavor “sweet” and although “sweet” can have differing degrees of response, please note that sugar-substitutes are also “sweet” to the brain.

It is possible to eat a low/no-fat diet and gain weight, that is stored as fat.

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(Nothing in this article is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. It is for informational purposes only.  Always seek  and follow the advice of your professional medical doctor.)

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Junk Really Is A Waste

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, fats such as nuts and olive oil, and eat lean meat.

Junk food really is a waste of money and a waste of time for your body. When you eat high sugar, high fat food that is full of empty carbohydrate, you actually screw up the signals that the brain sends out to regulate your consumption of food.

Insulin helps to control sugar levels on the body, and what needs to be stored and what need to be used. Leptin tells the brain that you’re not hungry any more, and helping you to stop eating before you feel physically bloated. Junk food screws up these mechanisms, leaving you feeling overfull, and often nauseous. One should feel satisfied after eating, but not bloated!