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Liver Function Improves In Rats Fed Diet Rich In Maple Syrup

September 13, 2011: 09:26 AM EST
A study conducted in Japan in rats has found that a diet rich in carbohydrates derived from pure maple syrup improved liver function. The rats were fed diets that included either 20 percent pure maple syrup or 20 percent syrup mixture with similar sugar content as maple syrup. After 11 days, the researchers analyzed standard biomarkers for liver function, finding that the rats on the maple syrup diet showed significantly decreased levels of liver enzymes AST, ALT and LDH in the blood. Using a gene expression profiling technique known as nutrigenomics, they found that the maple syrup diet triggers a mechanism that causes genes involved in the production of harmful ammonia in the liver to be less active. The researcher suggested that this beneficial effect may be due to maple syrup’s polyphenolic antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.
"Researchers uncover a potential new benefit of pure maple syrup on liver health", Press release, University of Tokyo, September 13, 2011, © University of Tokyo
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