By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Can Coffee and Tea Protect Against MRSA?
Could it be that easy to drink a cup of coffee or tea and protect yourself against the deadly MRSA strain?
According to a study done at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, they learned that hot beverages can lower the risk of carrying a bacteria called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics.
“Certain compounds in tea or tea-based extracts may have antimicrobial properties that can possibly destabilize and weaken this superbug,” study author Eric Matheson, an assistant professor of family medicine, said to WebMd.
Researchers in the study, of 5,000 people, swabbed bacteria from people’s noses to see if they carried MRSA and asked them to answer questions about their beverage consumption. Iced tea and soda had no effect on MRSA, the study found. That may be because the antimicrobial parts of coffee and tea are carried to the nose through steam, the authors wrote.
If coffee and tea could do all this what about chicken soup? According to Pharm Daily warm liquids such as soups, teas and water are important in avoiding the cold or flu. Chicken soup, in particular, is packed with phytochemicals. Additionally, the vegetables in the chicken soup have antibacterial properties to boost the immune functions. The saltiness in the broth can regulate the amount of fluids in the body encouraging the body to maintain hydrated. Grandma always said drink your chicken soup whenever you got sick. Could this warm beverage/food help protect against MRSA too? We would love to know your thoughts on this. Comment here and take our quick poll.
MRSA is the most common drug-resistant strain of bacteria, often acquired in hospitals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The hospital-acquired strain sickens about 90,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills about 15,000, according to the Atlanta-based CDC.
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