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Could Breakfast's Best Condiment Make You Look Younger

13 January, 2019 - 07:45pm by - Head Pixie | 20 Comments

By BR Amelia

Maple syrup - delicious on pancakes. Moreish on french toast. Scrummy on porridge. Great added to cakes. Even better in skin care.

Yes, you read right. Move over mushrooms. See you later snail slime! Maple syrup is set to be skin care's next superhero ingredient.

Red maple leaf extract, to be exact.

Research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society by Hang Ma, a researcher at the University of Rhode Island, showed that they had discovered a series of unique compounds called GCGs within red maple tree leaves. The compounds worked to block the breakdown of the enzyme elastase, which is an enzyme that degrades the elastin in our skin, which we know is partly what can cause wrinkles.

They then used this knowledge to create an extract called Maplifa™ from the leaves and sap of the maple tree, which is designed to inhibit the formation of wrinkles by blocking the elastase. 

Is it just the slowing of collagen breakdown that we can get excited about. No..... but wait, there's more.

Navindra P. Seeram, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator, had this to say... “You could imagine that these extracts might tighten up human skin like a plant-based Botox®, though they would be a topical application, not an injected toxin,” 

Well, colour us giddy! Tightening of skin and less wrinkles without having to use an injectable? Get futher testing lads! Quick smart!

Those who care about where their skin care comes from will also love that the theory behind it is sustainable, with the compounds being collected from trees whose leaves have fallen to the ground or been pruned. While there is more research to be conducted, including testing it on human skin, there are plans for the extract to be launched within commercial products.

Will we be smothering maple on our pancakes and on our faces? If it helps the tide of time move along gracefully, heck yes! But what about you? Do you think you'd be mad for maple? Don't beat about the bush... er...tree. Get chatting!

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12th February, 2019

Would love to see if this works, loving trying new things and this sounds promising!

22nd January, 2019

Topical instead of injected - sold.

19th January, 2019

Well we've been putting honey on our faces for years so why not maple syrup. Sounds really interesting and would be keen to try once research has been done.

17th January, 2019

I don't think I'll be smearing maple syrup on my face. I think I'll be waiting for the Ordinary which is based in Canada to make an affordable treatment with the extract from maple leaves in it. On the other hand I do love honey based masks.

17th January, 2019

Sound possible after all I dab honey on myself and am still here to tell the tale

17th January, 2019

Sounds interesting and now I feel like some pancakes lol.

16th January, 2019

I’ll be their guinea pig! Sounds epic

15th January, 2019

I have heard of this and would definitely be keen to give it a go.

14th January, 2019

I wouldn't mind trialling a product that does contain Maple syrup because really it smells so good and looks so good, I could just imagine the health benefits for your skin would be amazing

14th January, 2019

I'd love to try it in specially made products - not so much straight out of the bottle though!!

14th January, 2019

Now I want want pancakes lol. But very interesting. Sounds bloody good tbh.

14th January, 2019

Me too - I want raspberry jam and whipped cream on them though.

14th January, 2019

Definitely something I would be interested in.

14th January, 2019

Ooooh sounds very interesting!! Annnnd now I want pancakes too.

14th January, 2019

I won't lather my pancakes with maple syrup, because it's so expensive. But wouldn't mind trying a serum

14th January, 2019

I've also seen a lot of DIY hair masques which contain maple syrup - it must be a great all-rounder!