We have heard that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But at what cost? Rotten teeth and diabetes? (We shouldn't take advice from Mary Poppins, a witch!). I would avoid cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, etc. like the plague.
However, MAPLE syrup has been found to increase the power of antibiotics. Studies continue to find the healing blessings that the Creator has placed in maple syrup, etc. (not the imitations). Notice:
“No more 'superbugs'? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action…‘Native populations in Canada have long used maple syrup to fight infections,’ says Nathalie Tufenkji, Ph.D. ‘I've always been interested in the science behind these folk medicines’…In an initial test, the team exposed several disease-causing bacterial strains to the extract, but they didn't see much of an effect. Rather than give up on maple syrup altogether, Tufenkji decided to check whether the extract could enhance the antimicrobial potency of the commonly used antibiotics ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin. When her team mixed the phenolic extract with either of these medicines, they indeed found a synergistic effect, allowing them to get the same antimicrobial effect with upwards of 90 percent less antibiotic. The approach worked on a variety of bacterial strains, including E. coli, which can cause gastrointestinal problems; Proteus mirabilis, responsible for many urinary tract infections; and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause infections often acquired by patients in hospitals. Building on this work, Tufenkji's team next tested the extract in fruit flies and moth larvae. The researchers dosed fly food with pathogenic bacteria and antibiotic, with and without the phenolic extract. Flies with meals doused in maple syrup extract lived for days longer than those denied the syrupy topper. The researchers observed a similar outcome with the moth larvae…” (phys.org/news/2017-04; American Chemical Society)
In this study, the maple syrup did not manifest any significant anti-bacterial effects on its own (that they could find). But it did super-charge the antibiotics.
Antibiotics are a big problem. However, it is reasonable to conclude that the maple syrup would enhance the healing properties of natural antibiotics like garlic, cinnamon, olive leaf, etc. Notice:
"The extract increased the permeability of the bacteria, suggesting that it helps antibiotics gain access to the interior of bacterial cells. Another experiment suggested that the extract may work by a second mechanism as well, disabling the bacterial pump that normally removes antibiotics from these cells."
This is a blessing, since quite often, people who use herbs, etc, for medicine don't take big enough doses. This information will also help the herbal concoctions taste better for kids (and adults!).
So, I would say goodbye for good to cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. And replace them with small amounts of raw honey and palm/coconut sugar...and maple syrup/sugar!
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