T he answer to the threat from drug-resistant superbugs may have been found in green tea, scientists have revealed.
A series of experiments showed that an antibiotic that is proving increased useless against serious infections regained its
Researchers at the University of Surrey combined epigallocatechin (EGCG) with the antibiotic, finding the combination was up to 31 per cent more effective at killing off harmful bacteria compared to
A type of catechin, or natural phenol antioxidant, EGCG also occurs in smaller quantities in black tea leaves, as well as apple skins, plums and onions.
Published in Journal of Medical Microbiology, the study focused on P. aeruginosa, the bug behind a number of serious respiratory and bloodstream infections.
In recent years, the pathogen has become increasingly resistant to aztreona m, the principal antibiotic used to treat it.
However, laboratory tests on moths and human skin cells in a dish showed EGCG softened on the bacteria, making it easier for antibiotics to penetrate and destroy them.
The successful experiments have raised hopes that the agent could be developed for routine use on patients.