Coffee’s role in the fight against MRSA

Study published in Annals of Family Medicine

says people who drink coffee or tea

are less likely to contract MRSA

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a pathogen that caused an estimated 278,000 illnesses and 6,500 deaths in 2005, according to a study published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine drinking hot coffee or tea could help resist the deadly pathogen.

coffee and tea fight mrsaA cup of prevention

MRSA is particularly dangerous because, as its name suggests, it’s developed resistance to the antibiotic methicillin, one of our main lines of defense against such bacteria. About 2.5 percent of us carry MRSA in our noses all the time, the study says, often without its doing us any harm. Though some research has suggested that the nasal passages may provide MRSA an easy route to infect the body, the scientific data are conflicting on that point, the study says.

Your beverage must be hot to fight MRSA

The study found that people who drank hot tea were about half as likely to have MRSA in their nasal passages than people who drank no hot tea. The same held for hot-coffee drinkers and for people who drank both beverages.

There was no such association between likelihood of carrying MRSA in the nasal passages and drinking iced tea or soda. That finding, the study notes, undercuts the idea that caffeine might be the key to beverages’ anti-MRSA effects. The study notes that coffee and tea have been shown to have antimicrobial effects in other settings.

mrsa and coffee tea prevention

The editorial staff at MadMikesAmerica knows how important coffee is, half of what is posted is thanks to that essential beverage. Helping resist MRSA is a bonus.

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3 Responses to Coffee’s role in the fight against MRSA

  1. A. Michael J. Scott

    July 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I drink one cup of coffee and one cup of tea a day, so maybe I’m OK.

    • Holte Ender

      July 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      Must be hot tea or coffee, none of that nasty sweet cold stuff.

  2. Sagacious Hillbilly

    July 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Too little information. What’s the mechanism?
    As someone in frequent contact with hospital ERs, I accept MRSA as a part of my life.