Green Tea Might Lead to an Anti-COVID Drug
Green tea is known to be an antioxidant-rich beverage with an abundance of benefits. As a result, people often take green tea extract supplements that contain the same compounds as traditional green tea. Their benefits include improved memory, reduced inflammation, and aided weight loss, to name a few.
According to the latest research findings, a compound in green tea may combat SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Suresh Mohankumar, an academic at Swansea University, is currently studying how green tea could lead to a new medicine for treating COVID-19.
His research team in India utilized an artificial intelligence-assisted computer program to scan and sort a database of natural compounds known to fight other coronaviruses.
The compound in green tea that the team’s model predicts to be the most effective at fighting the virus is gallocatechin, which is easily accessible, available, and cost-effective.
However, Dr. Mohankumar stressed that the research is still in its early stages and clinical applications are a long way off. Still, he’s eager to continue to develop this potentially life-saving work.
The RSC Advances online journal has featured the study and has listed it in their renowned hot articles category, approved by reviewers and editors.
According to Dr. Mohankumar, the team welcomes any potential partners or collaborators to apply the appropriate clinical and pre-clinical studies and help push the current research forward.
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