Help For ALS Could Be Found In Maple Syrup
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis and death. Even though much research continues, there is only one approved drug to treat the disease; riluzole, and there is no cure.
Now researchers at the University of Montreal have examined worms that exhibit the same symptoms as ALS patients. These worms have a protein called TDP 43, the same as patients, that results in paralysis. Incorporating results from a previous study, the researchers added 4% maple syrup in the food as a treatment for their tiny worms. Their results were very encouraging as 83% of the worms were moving instead of being paralyzed!
Maple syrup contains phenolic compounds that have neuroprotective effect and may contribute to helping alleviate symptoms of ALS. Maple syrup has four compounds which may also help in alleviation of symptoms: Catechol, Galic Acid, 3,4 dihydroxybenzaldehyde, and Syringaldehyde.