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Promising antibacterial coating created from green tea and salt

Promising antibacterial coating created from green tea and salt

We've heard how polyphenols in green tea can help slow the progression of CLL in some patients. Here's news of some promising research on how polyphenols from green tea, dark chocolate or red wine when mixed with salt can provide a very sticky anti-fouling coating for medical implants.

“The coatings innately have properties that are very beneficial to saving lives and keeping people healthy," says Tadas S. Sileika, a graduate student in Messersmith’s lab and first author of the paper detailing the research. "Without any further modification, they can help prolong the life of a medical device, reduce inflammation in a patient and prevent bacterial infections.”

Fouling is a huge problem with implants, so it will be a significant low cost breakthrough if this pans out.


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Interesting. I thought you wanted me to add salt to my dark chocolate and red wine - a crime at best. LOL!


I have tried drinking green tea but found it foul. I have an enlarged liver (18cm) and am worried about taking the tablet form. I haven't asked my consultant and he has never advised me about green tea. Best wishes


Before using green tea or anything for that matter, consult your doctor. Green tea can adversely effect the liver in the high doses needed to have any effect on CLL. There is no indication that commercial green tea capsules works on CLL at all.

Dr. Neil Kay who ran the EGCG study recently stated when asked about Green tea use in CLL ...

'I cannot recommend this because I do not know what is in the over the counter products they are buying. On the other hand if they want to just drink green tea instead we would estimate that they would have to drink more than 15 cups a day to reach an effective dose level of EGCG.'

Then add the use of pesticides on tea in China...


That's a lot of caffeine :)


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