Our country is facing a crisis of superbugs. You see, with our animals getting antibiotics and patients being prescribed antibiotic and sanitizing wipes killing 99.99% of germs (but leaving .01% hanging on), we’ve created an environment which makes these superbugs grow and thrive.
And when you have superbugs with no known cure, you sit on the precipice of having an unstoppable outbreak.
Some “common” bugs- staph, gonnorhea, and TB – to name a few have mutated as we’ve thrown everything at them and they still stick around.
But it turns out that what we’ve thrown at them hasn’t included breakfast.
A researcher, interested in Canadian folk remedies, started studying maple syrup to understand what effects it had as a disease remedy. His findings were astonishing.
Tufenkji and team used the common extraction process in which the sugar and water are separated from the phenolic compounds of the syrup. Phenols are a toxic compound that serves as disinfectant and antiseptic. […]
The researchers tested the combined effect of maple syrup extract and the common antibiotics ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin. They found that together, the two substances created a synergistic, destructive effect on biofilms. Biofilms are a thin layer of bacteria that are often resistant to medicine, and which are common in severe infections such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs).
This strong synergistic effect enabled the researchers to obtain the same antimicrobial effect by using up to 97 percent less antibiotic.
This is an amazing breakthrough for the antifungal and antibiotics that we currently have. Having to use less by combining them with a concentrate derived from the maple tree ( and most likely other natural producs with similar components) would strengthen the medical community’s response by leaps and bounds.
If the phenols can combine like that with common antibiotics, could it be possible they could pair well with antioxidants, antifungals, and other Antis? Would it be possible to not only fight bacteria more succinctly, but supercharge health benefits in the same manner? Even if it is not maple syrup, this study opens the door to discover if there are other natural products out there that can be boosted.
Currently this is being tested in mice, and it will be a few years before it can be delivered to humans. But the discovery is a thrilling foreshadow of what is to come.