Because it can help ward off dementia! That’s according to research from the University of Rhode Island. They say the sap of the maple tree contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols – which help keep damaging plaque from accumulating in the brain. In fact, more than 50 antioxidants have already been identified in maple syrup – including manganese, a trace mineral that helps sustain proper brain and nerve function. Just make sure it’s 100% PURE maple syrup with no added ingredients – not the maple-flavored syrup.