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Green tea helps beat superbugs
Society for General Microbiology ^ | March 30, 2008

Posted on 03/30/2008 4:37:32 PM PDT by decimon

Green tea can help beat superbugs according to Egyptian scientists speaking today (Monday 31 March 2008) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The pharmacy researchers have shown that drinking green tea helps the action of important antibiotics in their fight against resistant superbugs, making them up to three times more effective.

Green tea is a very common beverage in Egypt, and it is quite likely that patients will drink green tea while taking antibiotics. The medical researchers wanted to find out if green tea would interfere with the action of the antibiotics, have no effect, or increase the medicines’ effects.

“We tested green tea in combination with antibiotics against 28 disease causing micro-organisms belonging to two different classes,” says Dr Mervat Kassem from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Alexandria University in Egypt. “In every single case green tea enhanced the bacteria-killing activity of the antibiotics. For example the killing effect of chloramphenicol was 99.99% better when taken with green tea than when taken on its own in some circumstances.”

Green tea also made 20% of drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to one of the cephalosporin antibiotics. These are important antibiotics that new drug resistant strains of bacteria have evolved to resist.

The results surprised the researchers, showing that in almost every case and for all types of antibiotics tested, drinking green tea at the same time as taking the medicines seemed to reduce the bacteria’s drug resistance, even in superbug strains, and increase the action of the antibiotics. In some cases, even a low concentration of green tea was effective.

“Our results show that we should consider more seriously the natural products we consume in our everyday life,” says Dr Kassem. “In the future, we will be looking at other natural herb products such as marjoram and thyme to see whether they also contain active compounds which can help in the battle against drug resistant bacteria”.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: greentea; health
Good for the Egyptians if they keep up this research.
1 posted on 03/30/2008 4:37:32 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
I drink green tea almost exclusively when the annual winter bugs camp out in my throat and sinuses. All the dripping down the back of my throat causes varying degrees of pharyngitis, and green tea is very soothing - I highly reccommend it as natural treatment. My favorite green tea is infused with oils of plum and passion fruit - that stuff tastes great.


2 posted on 03/30/2008 4:44:16 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.)
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To: Viking2002

With all that’s being written about green tea and black tea, I think I may be including more tea in day.


3 posted on 03/30/2008 4:49:39 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
It's also been said Green Tea and Black Tea are effective for removing dental plaque because both have high natural fluoride levels and both may protect against Heart disease, liver disease and certain forms of cancer including skin, stomach and colon-rectum due to vitamin like substances called polyphenols.
4 posted on 03/30/2008 4:53:35 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: decimon
Green tea can help beat superbugs according to Egyptian scientists speaking today (Monday 31 March 2008) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Green tea soon to be taxed for it's benefit bestowed upon society without political dogma as it's reason for being such an asset.

Let's have a tea party and celebrate!

I suggest Boston Bay for the location of celebration.

5 posted on 03/30/2008 4:53:44 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS
Green tea soon to be taxed for it's benefit bestowed upon society without political dogma as it's reason for being such an asset.

Well, you could grow your own tea in your basement. But then you'd be SWAT raided for having too high an electric bill. Guess we'll have to pay the tax. ;-)

6 posted on 03/30/2008 4:58:21 PM PDT by decimon
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To: EGPWS

There’s no Boston Bay,it’s Boston Hahbah.


7 posted on 03/30/2008 5:21:23 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

Hahbah — as in Bah Hahbah, Maine.


8 posted on 03/30/2008 6:57:12 PM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: neverdem; Judith Anne; shrinkermd
Like, *PING*, folks.
9 posted on 03/30/2008 9:23:45 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; Battle Axe

thanks & a micro ping


10 posted on 03/30/2008 9:36:19 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: grey_whiskers

If research bears this out, it will be wonderful...


11 posted on 03/30/2008 9:36:34 PM PDT by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
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To: decimon

Working with a new team of Docs.
My endrocronoligist insist I drop the diet drinks and switch to green tea.

Took me about 2 months to flip over.

I can’t stand hot drinks and don’t drink coffee never have so I make cold herb fruit flavored tea.

One thing has not adjusted to the 60ozs a day......the bladder but it is getting better. : )

In the start of the change over I would add 3oz of Real OJ to the 17oz of tea and now have weaned off of that to no OJ (as sweetner).


12 posted on 03/31/2008 12:44:50 AM PDT by Global2010
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To: Viking2002

I drink green tea every day. In fact, I’m drinking some right now.
I get the kind with ginseng and honey.


13 posted on 03/31/2008 12:55:34 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: decimon

We like iced tea, so I make a gallon at a time, and keep it in the fridge. I use tea bags in my teamaker. Usually use 1 family size black tea bag, and 4 small green tea bags to make a gallon of tea.


14 posted on 03/31/2008 1:00:51 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Lancey Howard; Viking2002

What brands do you use?


15 posted on 03/31/2008 1:06:42 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

I drink local (Philadelphia area) brands such as Rosenberg’s and Turkey Hill. Most supermarkets carry it in the refrigerated section where other refrigerated juices and iced teas are displayed. I get either the half gallon or gallon-sized plastic jugs. It’s about $2.00 a half gallon or less.


16 posted on 03/31/2008 1:38:25 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Thanks, I’ll give it a try.

I’ve never really looked at the prepared teas, because I’ve always brewed ours.

I’ve hesitated to buy a whole box of the dry flavored teas, because I didn’t know if we’d like them, and I wasn’t sure which brand to try.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 1:49:47 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Lancey Howard

I’m drinking my green tea with cinnamon added as I do not like the flavor of green tea alone but I am convinced of it’s benefits.


18 posted on 03/31/2008 4:34:05 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: decimon
I drink tea almost every day, both green and black. I love the clean, refreshing taste and it doesn't hurt my stomach.
19 posted on 03/31/2008 4:40:57 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Any word on how green tea consumption helps with Moslem rape, kidnapping, and murders of Christians in Egypt?


20 posted on 03/31/2008 3:59:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: LucyJo
The usual domestic - Lipton - as well as Tazo, Twinings, and the occasional add-on to our Boca Java shipment. But, the wife got a free sampler from the Republic of Tea, along with a catalog just begging to be ordered from. I like the more exotic flavors like passion fruit, jasmine, and plum, because they help to neutralize the astringency of the tannins. Sometimes I'll go on a flyer and have a cup of Earl Grey or Darjeeling.


21 posted on 03/31/2008 4:20:11 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.)
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To: decimon

I’m sure this thread will soon show some images of ‘superbugs’ — does Hillary count as a superbug? I think of her a more reptilian......


22 posted on 03/31/2008 4:31:50 PM PDT by Enchante (Hillary's many 3 am phone calls will say that Bill is "ridin' dirty" with a barmaid on the DC Mall)
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