A recent study investigated epigallocatechin, which is a compound in green tea.
Antibiotics have proven essential for treating bacterial infections since doctors first used them in the 1930s.
However, bacteria are rapidly becoming resistant to the drugs designed to kill them.
In the United States alone, drug resistant bacteria infect at least people each year, leading to about 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Resistance (CDC).
As antibiotic resistant pathogens become increasingly prevalent, researchers are leaving no stone unturned in their search for innovative interventions.
Green tea compound investigated
The most recent study looking for ways to solve the antibiotic resistance crisis investigated green tea. The authors of the study conclude that one particular compound in green tea might bolster failing antibiotics and help them to kill bacteria more efficiently.
The scientists, from the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine in Guildford, United Kingdom, focused on the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
This bacterium can cause severe infections to the skin, the blood, and the respiratory and urinary tracts.
The bacteria are growing resistant to many antibiotics and are increasingly difficult to fight. Currently, doctors treat P. aeruginosa infections with a combination of antibiotics.