Researchers have found a molecule in maple syrup which possesses anti-inflammatory properties which may be useful to treat conditions like arthritis. The molecule, quebecol, has properties which allow it to fight off fight off inflammatory responses in the body.
Quebecol is a chemical reaction during the maple syrup-making process which naturally occurs in the polyphenols of the maple sap. Researchers successfully synthesized the molecule and it’s derivatives and evaluated its anti-inflammatory properties.
Researcher Daniel Grenier said, “We take blood cells called macrophages and put them with bacterial toxins. Macrophages usually react by triggering an inflammatory response. But if the culture medium contains an anti-inflammatory molecule, this response is blocked.”
The findings were published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters.