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July 12, 2011 — New research shows that people who drink hot tea or coffee are about half as likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nasal passages as those who abstain, raising the prospect of a safe, inexpensive, and easily accessible way to decrease MRSA.
“In an effort to both prevent and treat MRSA, researchers have examined the antimicrobial effects of several commonly consumed plants and plant extracts,” write the authors, led by Eric M. Matheson, MD, from the Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. “What remains unclear is whether tea and coffee have systemic antimicrobial activity when consumed orally as beverages.”
The study was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
“It is too early to recommend changes in hot tea and coffee drinking habits, added Dr. Glatt. “Information like this needs to be taken with a tremendous amount of thought. You don’t want to suddenly recommend anything based on this, although it certainly merits further study.”
Ann Fam Med. 2011;9:299-304. Full text
Originally posted 2011-07-20 10:00:00.