Consumption of Hot Tea / Coffee reduces risk of nasal colonization of Methicillin resistant staphyloccous aureus
Wednesday, July 27 2011 @ 01:43 am IST
Contributed by: Admin
Infections due to Methicllin resistant staphyloccous aureus is the reason for a great number of hospital based
nosocomial infections. Because of their resistance to antibiotics they carry an increased risk of morbidity and mortality.
Studies conducted by Eric M Matheson etal has reported that the incidence of nasal carrier state is very low in persons who consume hot tea / coffee.
Tea and coffee have been known for their antimicrobial properties for a long time. Infact tea / coffee extracts
have been demonstrated to have antimicrobial effects. This study suggests that there is a lower likelihood of
nasal carrier state in those who consume hot tea / coffee. In addition to the obvious antimicrobial effects of
tea and coffee it has been proved that they reduce iron absorption from the gut. Iron is vital for survival of staph aureus
. This study provides a very promising avenue which should be explored further.