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Maple Syrup Extract Effective At Killing Bacteria When Used With Antibiotics

April 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
New Canadian research reports that maple syrup extract seems to boost the effectiveness of antibiotics on dangerous bacteria. The findings are important because overuse of antibiotics is associated with the rise in drug-resistant bacteria, a major global public health problem. The researchers prepared a concentrated extract of maple syrup that comprises mainly phenolic compounds. They tested the extract on infection-causing strains of E. coli, Proteus mirabilis and other bacteria. The extract was somewhat effective by itself, but very effective when combined with antibiotics.
Vimal B. Maisuria et al., "Polyphenolic Extract from Maple Syrup Potentiates Antibiotic Susceptibility and Reduces Biofilm Formation of Pathogenic Bacteria. ", Applied and Environmental Microbiology, April 23, 2015, © American Society for Microbiology
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