The World Health Organization has listed drug-resistant bacteria as a critical threat to human health across the globe.
Serious respiratory tract and bloodstream infections have become harder and harder to treat because bacteria has adapted to resist antibiotics.
And with antibiotics as the major – and usually only – treatment for bacterial infections, the urgency to solve this critical issue is only growing.
But there’s been a major breakthrough.
A new study from the University of Surrey in the U.K. looked at the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Researchers found that it may help eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
EGCGs used in conjunction with antibiotics have been shown to improve the effectiveness and diminish the antimicrobial resistance of these bacterial infections.
Specifically, it works to strengthen the activity of aztreonam, a common antibiotic.
So where can you find this powerful antioxidant EGCG?
In an ordinary cup of green tea.
Put simply, green tea is one of the healthiest drinks you can get your hands on.
And now the health effects of green tea have been found to be even more robust than previously thought.
This ancient elixir is loaded with polyphenols that reduce inflammation and help fight cancer.
The all-natural antioxidants in green tea prevent cell damage and fight the formation of free radicals that hasten the aging process. Research has even proven that the oldest tea drinkers in China owe at least some of their longevity to a healthy helping of tea.
It’s also proven to lead to decreased abdominal fat and lower the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s…
And contrary to common belief, green tea has caffeine as well… just not quite as much as coffee.
Here’s why that can be a good thing…
You’re much less likely to feel caffeine’s jittery effects in a cup of green tea… yet you’ll still reap several brain-boosting benefits.
Caffeine has been thoroughly studied, and the results have consistently proven that it improves brain function, mood, reaction time and even memory. It does so by increasing dopamine levels and increasing the firing of neurons in the brain.
While research into green tea’s antibacterial properties needs more exploration, these latest findings prove how potent green tea is as a natural health booster.