|How Tea Beats Cold & Flu Viruses
|Nothing can set you on your backside faster than a cold or bout of the flu. And
nothing is more unpleasant. I haven't had either (knock on wood) for many
years, thank goodness.
That's partly due to a natural immunity my body has built up over the years
from immunizations and having been infected by the cold and flu virus...and
partly because I drink plenty of tea.
|Have you ever noticed how much better you feel
in general after drinking a cup of tea? If you
haven't, pay closer attention next time, and I
guarantee you'll notice an immediate change.
That's because tea contains a mountain of
healthy ingredients that fight off or kill a host
of different illnesses and diseases, and helps
give our immune system a big boost.
Tea kills viruses, bacteria, fungi, and microorgan-
isms you likely never even knew existed.
Inside the tiny tea leaf are some big guns in
the form of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,
and compounds that work to fight off illness and
keep us healthy. Among these is a group of
polyphenols called catechins that include:
These powerful, naturally occurring compounds found in tea, boost the
body's immune system and seek and destroy viruses. It's believed that
flavonoids in tea bond with the virus, rendering it inactive. Tests show
that EGCG in particular, attaches to the virus, forming a non-infectious
complex and preventing it from causing an infection.
It does this by bonding itself to the cell and disrupting the virus, preventing it from replicating
This is great news in the light of H1N1 influenza virus of 2009-2010, or any subsequent viruses,
for that matter. Anything that can lessen or prevent colds and flu is a blessing, especially when
it's as easy as drinking a delicious cup of tea.
Even gargling with tea can be effective for
preventing colds and flu. In Japan, where
gargling is thought to be a healthy winter
time step, a study of 124 adults who gar-
gled with a green tea solution, three times
a day, versus a group gargling plain water,
showed only 1.3% of the tea group subse-
quently getting the flu, while 10% of the
plain water group ended up sick with
As well as tasting different, there are slight
variations in the content of black tea, white,
green, and oolong teas because of the diff-
erent processing methods among them.
Research shows that green and white teas contain
slightly higher amounts of active ingredients because
they receive less processing.
Green tea extracts are also available and are a great source of polyphenols. Green tea extract is
equal to approximately four cups or more of tea and is also available caffeine free.
So even though our immunity declines as we age, by paying closer attention to our nutritional
needs, eating properly, and supplementing our diet with vitamins, minerals and plenty of health
promoting antioxidants, we can turn back the clock to that of our younger years.
And being able to boost our immune system and ward off colds and flu by enjoying a few cups of
nutritious, delicious tea, sounds just dandy to me. Hope you agree. Enjoy.
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