The role of green tea catechins as antiviral

The international medical journal MDPI has published a study conducted by the College of Life Sciences, of the Henan Agricultural University of China, dedicated to summarize the role of the catechins found in green tea as an antiviral.

The authors of the same start from the importance of antiviral remedies for the prevention of diseases caused by viruses, regardless of the development of vaccines.

The study identifies the green tea catechins (GTCS) as polyphenolic components of the Camellia sinensis leaf, stating that the GSCS have already been studied and identified as providers of health benefits against numerous diseases.

Specifically, the epigallocatechin-3-gallate component (EGCG) has been shown to have antiviral effects against various viruses.

Based on all this basic information, the authors develop the objective of summarizing the development of the antiviral activity of the GTCS, to discuss the intrinsic mechanisms in these effects, as well as to serve as a basis for future studies dedicated to the study of the antiviral effects of EGCG catechins.

In fact, the study identifies the main catechins found in green tea. 59 percent corresponds to the Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), with the rest being epicatechin gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin (EC) and catechin (C). Thus, the main catechin is precisely the object of the researches carried out by the authors.

In fact, previous research is cited in which it was shown that green tea catechins had an inhibitory effect against cattle virus, originating in fish and arboviruses (transmitted by insects) such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

From all these data, the authors intend to offer a reference for possible extensions in subsequent research.

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Beneficios del té verde| Green tea benefits

Beneficios del té verde| Green tea benefits

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