Mrsa | Coffee And Tea Might Protect Against Superbug MRSA, Study Finds


If you wanted another good reason to start your day with a hot cup of coffee or tea, consider this news: A study found tea and coffee drinkers are less likely to have the superbug MRSA in their nostrils.

It might be enough to make you pour a second cup. And maybe blow your nose as well.

The report published in the Annals of Family Medicine looked at the coffee- and tea-drinking habits of 5,500 people who took part in a government study. It found they were half as likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in their nostrils. The bacteria, because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, is difficult to treat.

The reassuring news is the superbug is not commonly found in nasal carriage — it occurs in only about 1.4 percent of the population.


So why did the researchers decide to study the effect of coffee and tea on MRSA? Because both have been found to have “antimicrobial properties” against different forms of bacteria. And tea and tea-based extracts have shown promising results in treating MRSA infections.

The good news did not extend to iced tea and soft drinks: The researchers found they did not have any effect on MRSA rates.

“As many sodas are caffeinated, this finding suggests that caffeine is unlikely to be responsible for the antibacterial properties of hot tea and coffee,” writes lead researcher Dr. Eric Matheson, of the University of South Carolina.

Matheson notes that the study, although it shows an association between MRSA and beverage consumption, does not prove causation.

“The effect, however, appears to be robust,” the report says.

The findings suggest that


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