Green Tea has so many benefits to your body, which is something that has been known for ages, and it has been long suspected that it has infection fighting agents as well. Now the specific bacteria fighting agents within the tea have been found.
Now researchers from the National institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia discovered that the main ingredients of green tea are able to perform other tricks. They found out that green tea catechins inhibit essential bacterial enzyme DNA gyrase, which is the target of several existing clinically used drugs. By the use of NMR spectroscopy, researchers from Slovenia have now pinpointed the ATP-binding site of DNA gyrase as target of EGCG, the most abundant catechin from the green tea extract. Up to now several compounds targeted against the ATP-binding site of bacteria gyrase have been known but couldn’t be used as drugs due to their side effects on mammalian cells. [Source]
Drink one cup a day and you will benefit your body in many ways – some known, and probably others unknown. I personally LOVE the Moroccan Mint tea from Teavana – but check out your local grocery store, there are more and more options there every time I look.