To test the extract -- which comes from separating the sugar and water from the syrup -- the researchers mixed it with two different commonly used antibiotics, ciprofloxacin and carbenicillin. They found combining them achieved the same antimicrobial effect as only administering regular antibiotics would have, but by using more than 90 percent less antibiotics. In other words, mixing in the extract significantly cuts down on how the amount of traditional antibiotics a person would require to treat all manner of ailments, thus reducing the ongoing threat of superbugs, and ultimately saving countless lives.
While this is all very promising, we're still likely years away from human trials. The current findings are only based on research done on fruit flies, moth larvae, and mice. That said, maybe there is something legitimately therapeutic about soaking in a tub of maple syrup?