Green tea may hold the answer to rise of drug-resistant superbugs

24 September 2019 – Telegraph

Scientists have run a series of experiments that showed that an antibiotic which is proving to be rather useless against serious infections regained its effectiveness when used with an agent found in large quantities in green tea.

Researchers at the University of Surrey combined epigallocatechin (EGCG) with the antibiotic and found that the combination was up to 31% more effective at killing off harmful bacteria compared to the drug antibiotic alone.

A type of catechin, or natural phenol antioxidant, EGCG also occurs in smaller quantities in black tea leaves, as well as apple skins, plums and onions.

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