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New Health Benefits of Green Tea

It’s always a bit surprising to read a newly published article on the proven health benefits of green tea. We might be tempted to think that, after thousands of years of valuing all tea, including green tea, as a medicinal herb in addition to a delicious beverage, that there would be little to discover. And yet, every year, new studies are being conducted by reputable scientists and the results published in authoritative medical journals that prove otherwise. One newly published work is particularly exciting because it addresses one of the most complex medical issues we have today; the declining effectiveness of antibiotics.

Pairing Tea With Antibiotics

Living with the looming fear that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness against many strains of bacteria, a newly published medical study provides a bit of optimism, pairing tea with pharmaceuticals to increase effectiveness.

In a paper recently published by the scientific journal, Scientific Research titled, “The synergistic effects of green tea polyphenols and antibiotics against potential pathogens”, the findings of a study using concentrated tea extracts in association with common antibiotics increased the effectiveness of antibiotics by 400%. The authors, Bobak Haghjoo, Lee H. Lee, Umme Habiba, Hassan Tahir, Moe Olabi, Tin-Chun Chu

The project studied the effects of green tea polyphenols on resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermis and E.coli.

Professor Tin-Chun Chu with Nobel laureate biophysicist Erwin Neher at the BIT Congress Global Health Conference in Taiwan, where they both presented.

Professor Tin-Chun Chu with Nobel laureate biophysicist Erwin Neher at the BIT Congress Global Health Conference in Taiwan, where they both presented. (In The Media, Seton Hall University, January 4, 2015.)

A summary of their conclusion is:

These results suggest that 1% GTP and 1% LTP provide beneficial effects on selected antibiotics against microbial growth and are able to reverse the antibiotic resistance to susceptible. Green tea polyphenols could serve as natural alternatives to combat against antibiotic resistance pathogens.

From Dr. Chu:

“Our research shows that our modified green tea and black tea extracts provided beneficial effects on the most commonly prescribed antibiotics against microbial growth and are able to reverse antibiotic resistance. These processed green tea and black tea extracts have the potential to extend the life and the degree of efficacy for antibiotics and, in doing so, help stem the tide of widespread resistance to antibiotics. In addition, the anti-microbial effects of these compositions and methods can be used in a variety of other applications, including the increase of shelf-life for food through the neutralization of food-borne pathogens or even to decontaminate devices or surfaces.”

In The Media, Seaton Hall University

The work has been recognized by respected publications such as “In The Media, Seton Hall University” and at gatherings like the BIT Congress Global Health Conference in Taiwan.

In The Media: Seton Hall, Tea & Antibiotics

Seton Hall professor Tin-Chun Chu, of the Department of Biological Sciences, has shown in her research that processed tea extracts (polyphenols) can fight bacteria — including Staphylococcus epidermis, a widely resistant bacteria and a major concern for the medical community and hospitals in particular, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and S. marcescens, an opportunistic human pathogen which is very resistant to most antibiotics.  

From: “Turning Tea Into Medical Breakthroughs”, By Michael Ricciardelli

 

References:

Haghjoo, B. , Lee, L. , Habiba, U. , Tahir, H. , Olabi, M. and Chu, T. (2013) The synergistic effects of green tea polyphenols and antibiotics against potential pathogens. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 4, 959-967. doi: 10.4236/abb.2013.411127.
“Turning Tea Into Medical Breakthroughs”, Seton Hall University publication, In The Media: Monday, January 4, 2016  By Michael Ricciardelli 
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The Everything Healthy Tea Book

An introduction to the world’s teas and their healing qualities!

A relaxing cup of tea is a soothing way to improve your health, lighten your mood, increase your metabolism, or boost your energy. Tea has so many health benefits, from preventing cardiovascular disease to burning calories, it’s no wonder so many people are choosing this classic beverage over coffee and carbonated soft drinks. If you’d like to experience the benefits and healing properties of drinking tea, here’s all you need to know about:

  • The many different types of tea, including green, black, white, oolong, and pu’erh teas.
  • Herbal teas, kombucha, and other infusions.
  • The use of tea as medicine throughout history.
  • Buying and brewing the most healthful teas.
  • Developing your own de-stressing tea traditions.
  • Using tea in cooking and creating natural beauty products.

With essential advice on brewing the perfect cup and storing your tea, The Everything Healthy Tea Book will be your go-to reference for all things tea!