Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a cluster of bacteria that may develop in the human nose. This common strain of staph is occasionally referred to as a “Super Bug,” due to its resistance to antibiotics. It can result in fatal infections when coming into contact with open wounds. Like most bacterial illnesses, MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact and exposure to contaminated surfaces.

The latest estimates indicate that almost 2.5 million people show evidence of MRSA within their nasal cavities. But, new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Family Medicinebears good news for hot coffee and tea drinkers—the greater the consumption, the lower the risk for MRSA. In fact, people who drank hot tea and coffee were 50% less likely show signs of the dangerous bacteria. Yet another reason to brew up your favorite drink!