Research: Compounds in Red Wine and Green Tea are Anti-Bacterials

Structure of Pyrogallol

Structure of Pyrogallol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A simple kitchen sink experiment helped Northwestern University researchers discover that green tea leaves not only can be used to steep a good cup of tea, but they make an excellent antibacterial coating, too.

 

And so can red wine, dark chocolate and cacao beans, they found. It’s the powerful and healthful polyphenols at work in a new way. (Polyphenols are naturally occurring molecules found in plants whose functions include structural support and defense against bacteria and oxidative damage.)

 

Polyphenols are sticky, and the researchers exploited this useful property, while also retaining some of the compounds’ well-known biological properties. They made new multifunctional coatings based on tannic acid and pyrogallol — inexpensive compounds resembling the more complex polyphenols found in tea, wine and chocolate.

 

via Compounds found in red wine and green tea can be used as antibacterial coating.

 

 

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