Researchers Develop a Chromatography Method to Identify the Components of Red Maple Leaves

Disclaimer: The findings discussed are lab based and further studies need to be done.

Over the past few weeks, we have shared plenty of information about all the ongoing research on the endless benefits of maple syrup. Even before scientific advancements, the Native Americans were already using maple products for medical purposes. Now we understand that the different components are not just maple syrup, but also in the sap, leaves, twigs, and barks that come from maple trees serve to the medical, cosmetic, and nutritional benefits. 

In order to continue discovering new benefits of maple trees, scientists developed a rapid chromatography method to identify the different components of maple leaves faster than before, this test consists of separating the components of a mixture. With the use of this new innovative method, they reported 75 compounds from the red maple species and approximately 11 new compounds.  

This new method can be used in the future for a rapid characterization of the components in this botanic material. There is no doubt that we will continue hearing about the discovery of more benefits from maple trees.

References: Li, C.; Seeram, N.P. Ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization/time-of-flight mass spectrometry for rapid phenolic profiling of red maple (Acer rubrum) leaves. Journal of Separation Science, 2018, 1-16. doi: 10.1002/jssc.201800037.