Contact: Mary E. Horgan
New York, NY — In the last decade green tea has acquired a reputation as a holistic means of preventing various illnesses from cancer to cataracts. Recent research studies conducted by Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer and his students at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences have shown that black teas (blended, unblended and filtered, and unfiltered) and iced tea drinks like Snapple, Bigelow and Arizona, may actually destroy certain human viruses. Results also indicated that the anti-viral effects of some oral agents like toothpaste and mouthwash were enhanced by the addition of tea extract.
The results of this research are based on a model system using a bacterial virus, TI, which infects Escherichia coli B or “E-coli” as it is more commonly known. The research has shown that TI is inactivated by tea.
“Tea has long been believed to have medicinal properties; our results justify this belief,” said Dr. Schiffenbauer. “The most significant finding of our research to date indicates that tea extract has a very potent anti-viral effect on human viruses, i.e. Herpes Simplex type I and II.”
All teas originate from the Camellia sinesis plant. The only difference between the green, red and black teas is due to the fermentation process after the leaves are picked. All teas contain polyphenols or antioxidants that protect human cells from reactive atoms (free radicals) that are responsible for body tissue damage. Flavorids are the group of polyphenols that occur naturally in tea. It is suspected that the concentration level of these polyphenols in the body is responsible for the tea’s beneficial properties. Polyphenols may also contribute to the prevention of various types of cancer, including pancreas, colon, bladder, prostate, and breast.
Pace University’s Dyson College of the Arts & Sciences funded the research. Schiffenbauer and his students presented their findings at the 101st General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Orlando, Florida, May 21-22.
The Dyson College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities and sciences, and guides the general education of all Pace University undergraduate students. The College’s teaching philosophy stresses a combination of classroom instruction, technology, practical experience and community service.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.