A group of researchers from McGill University, came to the conclusion that maple syrup can significantly increase the effects of antibiotics. Moreover, the use of this syrup may indirectly prevent pathogens to develop antibiotic resistance. This increases only the effectiveness of the medication, but not the strength of its side effects, experts say.
According to experts, antibiotics save lives, but their use in too large doses, can harm health and lead to the emergence of microorganisms to these antibiotics resistant. The experts had the idea to test how it affects especially popular in Canada folk remedy — maple syrup.
In the study, biologists conducted a series of experiments on animals to find out, does maple syrup effectiveness of antibiotics in treating E. coli, but also against pathogenic bacteria Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Experiments on fruit flies and the larvae of the moth have shown that the drug “prevents” bacteria to resist the antibiotics, significantly increasing their effectiveness. Insects that receive the necessary components of this dish, lived longer and required significantly lower doses of antibiotics. At the moment the experiments are conducted on mice and experts expect that similar results will be obtained.
Scientists suggest the use of maple syrup along with antibiotics will reduce the share of the latter without loss of efficacy in the treatment of many other infections, and this in turn will prevent the bacteria to adjust to the medication and become immune to it.