The United Planters’ Affiliation of Southern India (Upasi) has introduced that its Tea Study Institute is checking out the risk of utilizing tea as a defence towards the Coronavirus.

“The Upasi Tea Study Institute is checking out the risk of investigating the antiviral property of Theaflavins-3, a compound abundantly discovered in black tea and catechins from eco-friendly tea to ward off Coronavirus in collaboration with the Tea Board of India by way of ICMR,” Chairman of Upasi Tea Committee C Shreedharan stated.

This follows a new research by a investigation group from Indonesia and Thailand that explored the secondary metabolites secreted by vegetation in tropical locations that can be formulated as medications. This group investigated a selection of compounds for their opportunity to inhibit Covid-19.

“The summary of this research was that along with numerous compounds, catechin, and epicatechin-gallate sourced from tea (Camellia sinensis) might act as opportunity inhibitors of Covid-19. Nevertheless, additional medical experiments are needed to show the antiviral properties of tea towards Covid-19,” Shreedharan stated.

He also stated that researchers from Taiwan and China have discovered in a laboratory research that SARS Cov-two could be inhibited by compounds that are ample in teas. Quite a few black tea polyphenols, especially those of Theaflavins-1, Theaflavins-two and Theaflavins-3 have been discovered to inhibit the SARS CoV-two replication. In black tea, Theaflavins-3 was the most ample (1.05 per cent).

“These effects suggest that Theaflavins may possibly be a fantastic starting off issue for the design and style of additional active inhibitors for SARS CoV-two and these compounds are ample in the extract of black tea manufactured from the seedling populations belonging to Camellia L SP as properly as the cultivars formulated by the Upasi Tea Study Institute,” Shreedharan noted.

He also outlined the different other wellness positive aspects of drinking tea as proved in the experiments across the world.