Friday, January 06, 2012

How green tea staves off hepatitis

In the journal Hepatology, researchers describe how green tea protects the liver from hepatitis C: the flavinoid EGCG — which is found only in green tea — prevents the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from attaching to liver cells, "thus disrupting the initial step of HCV cell entry."


This is just one recent example of studies demonstrating the antiviral effects of EGCG, which in turn is merely one aspect of the health benefits of green tea.


And which shows how much natural goodness there is jam-packed into this humble little leaf:





—Mellow Monk

 

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