Maple leaves could be used as Botox?

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Researchers in the US believe that “plant-based Botox” could be the next big trend in skincare.

Researchers in the US believe that “plant-based Botox” might be the next big trend in skincare as compounds found in the leaf could be used as ingredients in anti-wrinkle cream.

The compounds in question are called glucitol-core-containing gallotannins, and they appear to be able to interfere with elastase, the enzyme that breaks down the protein that gives skin its youthful elasticity.

No research has been carried out on humans yet, but the results are so good that the maple syrup industry has decided to weigh in on the idea.

Nathalie Langlois, from the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers of Quebec, told CTV news: “If the maple leaf extract can indeed reduce wrinkles in humans then this could represent the potential development of value added products from the maple industry.”

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