Fight the flu with green tea
How does green tea work in preventing influenza?
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system such as your nose, throat and lungs. Due to the fact that influenza infections and common colds spread easily via droplets and contact, public prevention measures, such as hand washing and facial masks, are recommended for influenza prophylaxis. Researchers believe that the catechins contained in green tea work directly on viruses to impair their activity, which in turn means they are less likely to take hold and cause unpleasant illnesses.
While green tea isn’t a recognized cure for COVID-19, some researchers are looking into the possibility that one of its components, interferon alpha 2b can help prevent off COVID-19. In one study, researchers tested how certain compounds that have shown antiviral properties will interact with COVID-19 proteins.
What are catechins?
Catechins are a group of compounds present in different plants that have various health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of infection for certain diseases, improving blood circulation, and lowering blood sugar.
Experimental studies have reported that the Green Tea Catechins inhibited influenza viral adsorption and suppressed replication and neuraminidase activity. Catechins have been reported as potential anti-influenza virus agents in several experimental studies. An in vitro study showed that EGCG (the most abundant Catechin in Green Tea) was shown to minimize the infectivity of the influenza.
A variety of experimental in vivo or in vitro studies on catechins and their chemical derivatives have been reported to have several anti-influenza virus effects, and three mechanisms have been proposed:
- Inhibition of attachment to the host cells
- Replication inhibition
- Inhibition in the virus. READ MORE
Get started with green tea:
When your body begins showing signs of a nasty cold such as sneezing or congestion, or a whole body flu, such as chills and fatigue, you might be inclined to hurry to the drugstore or your medicine cabinet to take over-the-counter meds—which may or may not work. Too often we forget about nature's remedies for fighting the flu.
Sipping a hot cup of green tea is not only comforting while you’re feeling under the weather but it contains benefits to help you overcome the winter flu.
If you do happen to catch the flu, drinking green tea can help to manage flu symptoms. Beating the flu in a natural way. Tea catechins showed protection against infection with influenza viruses in animal experiments. Research suggests boosting your immunity could be as simple as drinking 3-5 cups per day and will have a significant protective effect.
At Sorate we offer a matcha and green tea box which you can take a look at below:
THE BOX INCLUDES:2 Green Tea of 100gr (Sencha, Genmaicha, Gyokuro, Hojicha) per month
1 Matcha of 40gr per month
1 FREE Sorate Glass Bottle for easier and portable infusion