Thursday, October 06, 2011

Green tea extract vs. candida
Cultures treated with 1.0 micromol/l of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (eGCG), the most abundant polyphenol of green tea, displayed a 75% reduction of viable cells during candida biofilm formation. What was really incredible was that established biofilms treated with eGCG were reduced by 80%. Identical concentrations of other green tea polyphenols (e.g., epigallocatechin and epicatechin-3-gallate) demonstrated similar biofilm inhibition. additional investigation found the green tea polyphenols disrupt candida metabolism and structural components.