Beat back superbugs with this “deep woods” secret
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I hope it was chock full of lots of Paleo-friendly staples like steak and eggs and a good cup o’ joe.
But there’s one thing that might’ve been missing from your morning meal if you’ve been trying to get a healthy start to your day, and that’s maple syrup.
While I don’t recommend that you pile on the pancakes, waffles, or French toast, new research shows why you shouldn’t skip out on maple.
That’s because, according to findings presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, pure maple syrup can stop an infection in its tracks!
Now, you probably don’t automatically think of pure maple syrup as a medical miracle.
But it’s loaded with minerals, amino acids, and antioxidant compounds that can protect your heart, vision, and even your brain.
But, it turns out that, thanks to its phenolic compounds (which give it its golden color), pure maple syrup can do even more.
The lead researcher of this new study out of Canada says that she’d been reading about how Native Americans used the sap from maple trees to fight infection when she began to wonder if pure maple syrup could boost the effects of commonly-used antibiotics.
Her research team tested the syrup on the kinds of bacteria that cause those all-too-familiar gastrointestinal problems, urinary tract infections, and staph infections.
What they discovered was remarkable.
The pure maple syrup extract did such an incredible job of boosting the power of antibiotics that the dosage could be reduced by as much as 90 percent! And it even worked on potentially deadly strains of bacteria that are notoriously difficult to treat with antibiotics, like E. coli.
Imagine being able to cut your course of antibiotics down from 10 days to one day… or to take a dose that’s so low, it won’t wreak havoc on your gut and promote an overgrowth of yeast.
What’s more, the benefits of maple syrup didn’t stop there. When the researchers fed bacteria-infected fruit flies and moths the tasty maple syrup, they lived for DAYS longer than those that didn’t.
Considering the lifespan of a bug, that’s a pretty significant increase in longevity!
I’ve often shared the dangers of antibiotics with you right here in eTips. Some doctors hand them out so often — not just in cases of severe illness — that it’s opened a Pandora’s Box of superbugs that are almost impossible to cure!
Any natural anti-microbial that can help wean us off antibiotic use is a good thing — especially when it tastes so good!
But I wouldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t point out that the science only supports the use of pure maple syrup, NOT the sugar-filled Mrs. Butterworth’s variety.
Go ahead and use that maple syrup as an occasional sweetener, or you can add the extract to your cooking.
You can get a bottle of the good stuff at your local health food store, or online.