Sweet surprise: Maple syrup is a cancer fighter

Sweet surprise: Maple syrup is a cancer fighter

Sweet surprise: Maple syrup is a cancer fighter

Maple syrup is a cancer fighter, according to new and exciting research from the journal Oncology Reports.

The findings are surprising, as maple syrup is a concentrated source of sugars, and sugars are believed to be a major contributor to cancer. The researchers found that the maple syrup inhibited colon cancer growth.

The study was performed by Japanese researchers, who looked at three different types of maple syrup and their effects on colorectal cancer cells.

The following results were reported in the study abstract:

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. Administration of maple syrup clearly inhibited AKT phosphorylation [a pro-cancer cellular signal transduction pathway], while there was no effect on ERK phosphorylation.”

The study authors concluded:

“[M]aple syrup, which is a natural sweetener used throughout the world, inhibits CRC cell growth and invasion through suppression of the AKT signaling pathway. 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.”

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the second leading cause of death by cancer amongst men and women, according to the Colon Cancer Alliance.

The American Cancer Society estimates 49,190 colon cancer deaths in the U.S. in the year 2016.

The study showing that maple syrup is a cancer fighter was published in the journal Oncology Reports.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Colorectal Cancer.” American Cancer Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May. 2016.
2. “Colon Cancer Statistics.” Colon Cancer Alliance. Colon Cancer Alliance, n.d. Web. 20 May. 2016.
3. “Maple Syrup Is A Cancer Killer, Study Suggests.” GreenMedInfo. GreenMedInfo, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.
4. “Inhibitory Effect of Maple Syrup on the Cell Growth and Invasion of Human Colorectal Cancer Cells.” Oncology Reports. D.A. Spandidos, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.

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