New research presented maple syrup like a booster for the effectiveness of existing antibiotics. Scientists have found that highly concentrated maple syrup can neutralize certain bacteria and thereby enhance the effect of antibiotics.
Researchers hope that by including a concentrated extract of maple syrup in the composition of antibiotics will be able to reduce the recommended effective dose of these antibiotics.
Scientists used ordinary maple syrup from which made it concentrated extract with isolated phenolic compounds in it. Then add the extract to a number of pathogenic microorganisms such as E. coli and Proteus mirabilis in the laboratory and found that the extract slowed down the bacterial growth.
When the extract was combined with antibiotics, it was even more effective in destroying bacteria.
Maple syrup affects the protective membrane of bacteria making it permeable, and vulnerable to antibiotics and thus increases their efficiency.
Research is still in its begining, but the current results are very encouraging. Forthcoming research about the effectiveness of maple syrup on patients will be the next step.