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Green tea reduces bladder infection

Common bladder, or lower urinary tract, infections are easy to treat. Symptoms include painful urination, frequent urges, and bacteria and white blood cells in the urine.

Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics for these infections, which are typically caused by E. coli. But about 20 percent of E. coli strains have become antibiotic-resistant.

In this study, 70 healthy premenopausal non-pregnant women, aged 18 to 50, with acute uncomplicated bladder infection, took standard antibiotics plus placebo or capsules containing 566 mg of phenols and 130 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) from green tea.

Doctors asked the women to take green tea capsules for three nights before bed in order to maximize its antioxidant effect overnight. On the fourth day, while 16 percent of those in the placebo group had no symptoms, 97 percent of those taking green tea had no symptoms.

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