TIME TO DRINK GREEN-TEA, AND HERBAL TEA MORE FREQUENTLY.
Green tea, and Black tea contain healthy products that help us to fight-off the COVID-19 disease.
It has long been observed that many plant herbs have antiviral properties.
With regard to the SARS CoV-2 virus, researchers in Japan, China, and North Carolina, have observed that the herbal teas could fight off the COVID-19 viral infections.
Green Tea has a phenolic compound known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate)
EGCG stops the SARS CoV-2 Viral infection, and it's spread through one of several mechanisms.
It inhibits the actions of the several viral protease enzymes involved in viral multiplication
It inhibits the cell membrane receptors (GGRP78) that the virus occasionally, uses to enter the host cells
It also prevents the virus from producing its structural proteins
Research indicates that the EGCG in green tea, has much greater affinity for the viral proteins, than the traditional covid-19 Disease-medications like chloroquine, and remdesivir.
Black tea is the fermented and oxidized form of Green tea. It contains the compounds known as Theaflavins.
Theaflavins have long been known to stop the spread the Influenza virus, Herpes virus, and Coronaviruses.
With SARS CoV-2 viral infections,
Theaflavins just like the EGCG, inhibit the protease enzymes involved in SARS CoV-2 viral replication
Theaflavins also block the ACE2 receptors that the SARS CoV-2 virus uses to enter and infect host cells.
The theaflavins and EGCG are safe and do not damage normal host cells.
EGCG (from green tea), and Theaflavins (from black tea) when drank together result in an additive effect, in the fight against the SARS CoV-2 virus and CoVID-19 disease.
The skin and seeds of Muscadin Grapes have high levels of EGCG, and procyanidins, and their antiviral activity against SARS COV-2 virus are similar to the phytochemicals from the Green, and Black tea.
COCOA (POWDER) TEA
Cocoa tea also contains EGCG and procyanidins that inhibit SARS CoV-2 multiplication and spread. However, cocoa tea is not as powerful as the Black and Green teas with regard to SARS CoV-2 infection control.
Most of the test on these herbal products were done in the laboratory, where higher concentrations of the phytochemicals could be achieved, and used.
It is difficult to reproduce such higher concentrations of the phytochemicals in the human body due to dilution from blood and the bodily fluids
However, if we could drink these herbal teas as often as possible, and even replace our daily intake of pure water with a Green tea, it would help in reducing COVID-19 severity, and transmission.
The SARS CoV-2 virus is transmitted as aerosol droplets, and also via feces.
We can protect ourself from acquiring the infection and spreading it to our loved ones by observing the COVID-19 guidelines, including the use of facial masks, and facial covers, at all practical times.
(We must desist from touching the facial mask while we wear them)
Get the 2-doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 2nd dose is administered 28 days after the first.
You can easily get the SARS CoV-2 viral infection from family members who carry the virus.
Proper hand-hygiene is very important, if we want to prevent the transmission of the virus from contaminated fingers into the nose and throat
Wash your hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizers as often as you can remember.
The virus has been found in stools (and urine) samples and in bathroom-plumbing systems. Therefore, bathrooms should be well-ventilated, and sanitized at all times.
It is known that the virus can remain stable in aerosols for as long as 3 hours, and remain stable on plastic surfaces and other fomites for up to 3 days.
Ultraviolet light (UVL) exposure not only helps the body to produce vitamin D in the skin, it also kills the virus.
Those who stay indoors, and in dark, and less well-ventilated-rooms have low levels of Vitamin D in their blood; they do not do well against the SARS COV-2 viral infection.
The Green tea, Black tea, Cocoa tea, and the other herbal teas, do have immune boosting-minerals like zinc, selenium, and vitamins too.
Therefore, drink the Green/Black/Cocoa tea very often to flush down and kill the SARS CoV-2 viruses in your mouths and throats.
Stay Safe, and play it safe.
Alex Sarkodie MD.