A new study published recently in the Oncology Reports journal reveals that maple syrup can inhibit the growth and further invasion of human colorectal cancer cells.
The study is considered “provocative” because of numerous studies that implicate processed sugars as a cause of chronic disease and other health issues.
Even more interesting is a recent study that suggests that sugar not only feeds cancer cells but can even induce it, therefore proving that sugar has oncogenic properties.
Sugar may seem like a cut-and-dry substance because it’s present in so many products and the word “sugar” is often used universally rather than naming the actual type of sugar being referred to. However, sugars like glucose, sucrose, and fructose all have very different properties.
Add this to the fact that food has gene-modulatory capabilities and it becomes more apparent that sugars, in all their diversity, can react in different ways in certain scenarios.
The new study on maple syrup, titled “Inhibitory effect of maple syrup on the cell growth and invasion of human colorectal cancer cells,” was conducted by Japanese researchers using three different types of maple syrup, because not even syrup is created equal. The syrups were categorized by color, on colorectal cell (CRC) proliferation, migration and invasion.
Results of the studies were explained as follows:
“CRC cells that were administered maple syrup showed significantly lower growth rates than cells that were administered sucrose. In addition, administration of maple syrup to CRC cells caused inhibition of cell invasion, while there was no effect on cell migration.”
Based on these results, the researchers determined that maple syrup could act as an alternative medicine to traditional cancer treatments that are highly toxic.
“These findings suggest that maple syrup, particularly dark colored ones, might be suitable as phytomedicines, which have fewer adverse effects than traditional chemotherapy for CRC treatment.”
Since more people are turning towards more natural and holistic remedies for cancer and other diseases, this new finding could steer even more people to explore their options when it comes to treatment. Traditional treatments have sometimes shown to increase chemoresistant subpopulation of cancer cells, which is the major factor that determines cancer malignancy, and can kill patients faster and more painfully than the cancer itself.
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