Researchers have found a natural way to increase the potency of antibiotics – maple syrup extract. The team found common antibiotics like ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin are greatly enhanced in their antimicrobial effect by the phenolic extract, to the extent that the same effect was achieved by 90% less antibiotic.
Working with various strains, including E.coli, P. aeruginosa and Proteus mirabilis, the approach appears to have achieved remarkable success. The study went a step further and tested the effects of the extract on larvae infected with pathogenic strains. Confirming the results, fruit flies and moth larvae doused with the extract lived for days longer.
Considering the implications of the study,
- Would a prescribed protocol with maple syrup extract be an efficient solution, or should researchers try to isolate the bioactive compounds?
- Can we promote testing for other natural extracts, some of which might grant an added tool in the ongoing fight against antibiotic resistance?
- Could there be additional complications associated with such a treatment? (Would it be recommended for diabetic patients?)
The work will be presented at the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
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“No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action.” Phys.org – News and Articles on Science and Technology. American Chemical Society, 02 Apr. 2017. Web.