Maple Syrup Inhibits Colorectal Cancer
Research out of Japan suggests maple syrup may stop the growth and spread of colorectal cancer cells. In 2014, colorectal cancer affected an estimated 137,000 people. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and the third leading cause of cancer death.
Usually only thought of as a breakfast condiment, maple syrup actually contains several important nutrients, including robust levels of zinc and manganese, amino acids and antioxidant-rich phenols.
Researchers aimed to determine what, if any, effect the phenolic compounds had on colorectal cancer cells. They administered maple syrup to cancer cell lines and found that it significantly lowered growth rates of malignant cells. It also inhibited the spread of cancerous cells by suppressing the activation of AKT, a protein that promotes rapid cell growth.
The researchers claimed that maple syrup could be “suitable as a phytomedicine for colorectal cancer treatment, with fewer adverse effects than traditional chemotherapy.”
Yamamoto T, et al. Oncol Rep. 2015 Apr;33(4):1579-84.