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.

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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.

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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.

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The research was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.