You might want to add some black tea to that counter-terrorism kit you keep under your bed and pour yourself a nice hot cup before opening your mail. Scientists from the Biodefense Institute at the University of Maryland and Cardiff University recently tested English breakfast tea and medium roast coffee to determine which was most effective at killing anthrax. It turns out that some of the polyphenols found in tea have the ability to inactivate bacillus anthracis and its toxin. More info can be found in the press release located here. This isn’t a huge surprise because the anti-bacterial properties of tea are well known. The experiment was done in vitro so I’m not so sure that just drinking a cup or two will do much good. I’m going to wait for the follow up study in mice before I post any cartoon pics of the prophet Mohammed on this blog.
- Drink coffee, remember your loved ones