Tea and coffee reduce MRSA

Data came from the National Health and Nutrition Survey. A random sample of participants had nasal swabs taken for culture.

In a sample of 5555 people, approximately half had drunk tea and 61% had drunk coffee in the preceding month. MRSA was found in 1.4% of the participants.

The odds of having MRSA were reduced by half in tea and coffee drinkers. There was a similar reduction in people who drank both tea and coffee.

In people who drank iced tea there was no reduction in nasal carriage of MRSA. Soft drinks also