I still had the taste of my morning oatmeal with Dorset's finest maple syrup in my mouth when I read this new reason to love the stuff: it fights infection causing bacteria. Professor Nathalie Tufenkji of McGill University of Montreal and her team found that combining phenolic compounds from maple syrup extract with antibiotics made them more effective against bacteria. According toMcGill University's press release,
The researchers tested the extract’s effect in the laboratory on infection-causing strains of certain bacteria, including E. coli and Proteus mirabilis (a common cause of urinary tract infection). By itself, the extract was mildly effective in combating bacteria. But the maple syrup extract was particularly effective when applied in combination with antibiotics.
The findings suggest a potentially simple and effective approach for reducing antibiotic usage. I could see maple syrup extract being incorporated eventually, for example, into the capsules of antibiotics.