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Eating Green Tea Leaves to Fight Bacteria
Eating green tea leaves may help combat different types of harmful bacteria.
There are several different types of e. coli, and most of them are harmless. However, there is one strain, labeled O157:H7 which is very dangerous. Several different studies were cited in the USDA report mentioned above to show that green tea may be able to fight against this dangerous bacteria. The report maintains that the results are not entirely conclusive. However, in one study , mice treated with green tea supplements were more resistant to the symptoms of e. coli infection than mice who where not treated. Most mice exposed to e. coli and NOT given the green tea extract died. However none of the mice who were exposed to e. coli AND given the green tea extract showed any clinical signs of being affected. Most of the studies surveyed showed that symptoms of E. Coli were less prevalent when green tea was administered. In addition, some studies actually showed a reduction of the E. Coli organisms themselves.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. In another study cited by the USDA report, the growth of this bacteria was inhibited by green tea. This seems to suggest that green tea consumption may have a hand to play in preventing tuberculosis infection.
This disorder is often caused by a microorganism called mycoplasma pneumoniae. In another study cited by the USDA report, green and black tea were shown to prevent the spread of this microorganism. The USDA report claims that this may mean that certain nutrients in tea could be effective in treating pneumonia infections.
The USDA report notes several bacteria which contribute to the spoilage of food that may be fought against using green tea. Many of these “spoilage bacteria” can contribute to food poisoning if their development on food is advanced. Green tea was found to stop the growth of many of these bacteria.
The Benefits of Eating Whole Green Tea Leaves
Many of the nutrients indicated as having “antibacterial”
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