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Green Tea Boosts Antibiotic Effectiveness

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Natural Health Magazine It is flu and cold season again!  And if my son returning from day care with the sniffles and a cough wasn't enough to inspire me, my own sore throat prompted me to read the latest edition of "Natural Health."  I was excited to read an article written by Daniel Mazori that reported taking antibiotics while drinking green tea can make antibiotics nearly twice as effective and even weakens drug-resistant bacteria (December/January 2010)

What great news not only for us here at Arbor Teas, but also for the entire tea drinking community!  This article was most likely referring to a study released in 2008 by researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt in which green tea was tested in combination with antibiotics against 28 disease-causing microorganisms. Dr Mervat Kaseem, of the University's Pharmacy faculty, said "In every single case, green tea enhanced the bacteria-killing activity of the antibiotics. For example, the killing effect of chloramphenicol was 99.99 percent better when taken with green tea than when taken on its own in some circumstances."  Kaseem and colleagues found in almost every case and for all types of antibiotics they tested that drinking green tea at the same time as taking the antibiotics appeared to increase the action of the antibiotics and reduce drug resistance in bacteria.

Yet, another reason to drink green tea this winter!

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