Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Green Tea for Bad Breath?

Okay so it's not-such-new info that green tea helps with bad breath. And it's probably debatable. But Slovenian researchers seem to have isolated the reason why green tea can help fight halitosis, reports ScienceDaily. According to the scientists, the catechins in green tea can "inhibit essential bacterial enzyme DNA gyrase." As you might imagine, this is a bad thing for bacteria.

So who cares? According to the report, "this finding may be used to develop even more potent antibacterial compounds."

By the way, catechins are powerful antioxidants that can do many things from fighting arthritis to cancer (
see entry on catechins in wikipedia).

Interesting proverb noted in the ScienceDaily piece: "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.