SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – Maple syrup doesn’t just make pancakes better – it could also increase the bacteria-fighting powers of antibiotics.
Native populations in Canada have been using maple syrup extract as a remedy for decades. Now, scientists have discovered there may indeed be something to this sweet treatment.READ MORE: Maura Healey Announces She’s Running For Massachusetts Governor
The researchers found that they only had to use 10 percent of the drugs they’d normally use after combining maple syrup extract with antibiotics.READ MORE: Snow Moves In For Thursday Morning Commute, Bitter Cold Arrives Friday
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That’s important because antibiotics, while life-saving, can cause significant side effects, potentially kill off health cells and can lead to antibiotic-resistant superbugs.MORE NEWS: It Happens Here: There's A Lot To Learn At Animal Adventures In Bolton
The research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.