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There is a lot of evidence to show that green tea catechins can eliminate microorganisms in the
body, so any of the previously mentioned antimicrobial mechanisms should putatively be able to
eliminate the microorganisms before they have a chance to establish an infection. In a study
performed with urinary tract infection E. coli isolates, it was calculated that a cup of brewed
Japanese green tea would contain 7.5 g of dry tea, and approximately 150 mg of EGC.
Calculated in the same way, there would be approximately 450 mg of EGCG per cup of tea.
While one cup of tea per day may not contain enough catechins to eliminate all potential
infections, drinking two or more cups per day might. In this section we will present results from
research specifically aimed at showing prevention of infection, most of which is targeting
In a study assessing prevention of Helicobacter felis infection in mice, green tea was used as a
beverage prior to infection. The mice were given green tea (or just water) to drink for 2 weeks
before being infected, and also for the duration of the experiment. Eight weeks after infection,
the mice were analyzed for Helicobacter felis colonization by examination of gastric mucosa
from the funds/antrum border. The group of mice who were given green tea 2 weeks before
infection had no detectable colonization. The group that had not been given green tea had a large
bacterial load.

A study of Japanese nursery school children ages 2-6 assessed whether gargling with green tea
could prevent fever and absence days due to illness. The children were to gargle at least once per
day with green tea, saline, or water, and another group did no gargling. While the absence days
due to sickness showed no correlation (probably due to imitations with the study), the presence
of fever did. The group that gargled with green tea had 3 times fewer instances of fever than the
non-gargling group, and had 1.5 to 2.5 fewer instances of fever than the saline or water gargling
groups respectively.
A study performed using adults assessed whether green tea could have an effect on the incidence
of cold or influenza symptoms. The adults were given green tea capsules, or a placebo, to take
twice daily for 3 months. The group that were given the green tea capsules had over 32% fewer
instances of cold or influenza symptoms, and had nearly 23% fewer illnesses that lasted for 2
days or longer.
A study using ferrets assessed whether green tea could prevent transmission of H3N2 Influenza
A from ill animals to well animals, and also assessed whether green tea could protect well
animals from becoming ill when exposed to sick animals. The ferrets were either given capsules
containing green tea catechins, or a placebo. For the transmission experiment, one group of
animals was infected with Influenza A and afterward were either treated with green tea capsules
or given the placebo.
The infected animals were placed in with well animals who were not taking green tea capsules.
There was no infection transmitted from the green tea treated infected animals to the well
animals. Approximately 25% of the animals had transmission of infection from those animals not
given green tea. In the other experiment, animals were infected with Influenza A and then placed
in with well animals who were either receiving green tea capsules or placebo. All of the animals
taking the placebo became infected, while only 57% of those animals taking green tea capsules
became infected.
A study using health care workers assessed whether taking green tea capsules could prevent
infection with influenza. These adults were given capsules containing green tea catechins or
placebo. They were to take 6 capsules per day over a 5 month period during influenza season.
The group that was given the green tea capsules had a 4% incidence of influenza during the 5
months. The group given the placebo had a 13% incidence of influenza.
Japanese school-age children were surveyed (parents) during influenza season as to how many
cups of green tea were consumed per day, and how many days per week. They were asked to
provide information on incidences of infections with Influenza A or B. Nearly 2000 surveys
were completed and assessed.
The amount of green tea consumed varied from <1 to >5 cups per day, and from <3 to 6 days
per week. The results showed that the number of infections was inversely proportional to the
number of cups of green tea consumed per day, and also inversely proportional to the number of
days per week green tea was consumed.