Maple Syrup Extract Enhances Antibiotic Action Against Superbugs

Posted: Apr 3 2017, 5:23am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Maple Syrup Extract Enhances Antibiotic Action Against Superbugs
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  • Maple Syrup Concoction may prove to be the Best Antibiotic against Superbugs

It looks like a maple syrup concoction may prove to be the best antibiotic against superbugs.

Antibiotics have a function in the medical profession. They even save lives. Yet there is a drawback to these otherwise powerful and potent medications which fight infectious diseases. A high dosage can kill healthy cells along with those infected with bacteria.

One of the results is the creation of superbugs. These unfortunately do not respond to ordinary antibiotics. Now though, researchers have found an easier way to slash antibiotic use without compromising health in the process.

This consists of a maple syrup extract that ramps up the potency of these medicinal agents. This research will get presented at the ASC which is the largest scientific society on the face of the planet.

The native people of Canada have been using maple syrup since a long time to fight off infections. The science behind these folk remedies was something which deeply interested the experts who decided to delve deep into the subject.

One of the researchers had been studying the antimicrobial effects of cranberry extract. When this individual learnt of the anti-cancer effects of phenolic maple syrup extract, he decided to look into the matter.

After extracting a concoction from the maple syrup, things started to look up. The sugar and water had been separated from the syrup’s phenolic compounds.

These were originally responsible for the honey-like color of the maple syrup. Several bacteria were exposed to the extract. However, not much of an effect was seen.

That was when the extract was applied onto the antibiotics ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin. That was when a synergistic effect was noticed for the first time. The potency of the antibiotics were increased so much that they worked at even a 10% dosage.

Among the bacteria on which these antibiotics worked were E.coli, Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These cause GIT problems, UT infections and other infections caught in hospitals respectively.

The extract was tested on fruit flies and moth larvae. Flies that ate food with the extract applied to it lived much longer lives than those who ate food without any addition of the extract.

A similar result was forthcoming from the moth larvae. Apparently, the extract boosted the permeability of bacteria. Thus the antibiotics got access to their interiority all the better to destroy them.

Also the extract destroys the bacterial pump responsible for removing the antibiotics. Currently, the maple syrup extract is also being tested on mice in the lab.

The researchers will present their work in a press conference today at 9 a.m. Pacific time in the Moscone Center during the the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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