Blood pressure, allergies, diabetes, weight loss … We already readily lend to green tea impressive properties. Here is a new one: thanks to one of its natural components, the green tea would also improve the efficiency of antibiotics. This is the conclusion of a team of scientists British (it cannot be invented!) who publish their findings in the review Journal of Medical Microbiology.
By scanning the sheets of green tea, researchers have identified a polyphenol called epigallocatechin (EGCG), which is said to have miraculous properties when combined with aztreonam, an antibiotic that fights against the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This can cause serious infections, sometimes fatal.
A weapon against antibiotic resistance?
According to scientists, it is their interaction which produces the long-awaited effect: by combining EGCG and aztreonam, the treatment was much more efficient to destroy the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. After testing it on caterpillars and human skin cells, the researchers found a survival rate significantly higher thanks to this combination only when aztreonam was taken alone.
“There is an urgent need to develop new drugs in the fight against resistance to antibiotics“, underlines Dr. Jonathan Betts, principal author of this study. According to Inserm, 700,000 people, including 25,000 in Europe, die each year because of infections due to resistant bacteria.