What if you could inhibit harmful microorganisms using something that is easy to find?
According to research that may very well be possible. It will not harm you so you have nothing to lose.
This research tested the effects of EGC, one of the active ingredients in green tea, on one of the bacteria known to cause urinary tract infections. (Raygaert W, Jusufi I, 2013).
The researchers concluded that drinking green tea could potentially inhibit E.coli bacteria causing urinary tract infections.
Not only may it work for that, but another study showed that green tea inhibited a bacteria that has been associated with inflammatory bowel disease (Lagha A, et.al., 2017).
The good thing is that green tea does not kill the friendly gastrointestinal microorganisms, that has also been investigated.
Reygaert, W., & Jusufi, I. (2013). Green tea as an effective antimicrobial for urinary tract infections caused by Escherichia coli. Frontiers in microbiology, 4.
Lagha, A. B., Haas, B., & Grenier, D. (2017). Tea polyphenols inhibit the growth and virulence properties of Fusobacterium nucleatum. Scientific Reports, 7, 44815.