In light of Coronavirus, there’s a lot of reporting these days about what, if anything, individuals can do to boost their immunity. Sure, there’s getting enough rest, keeping stress at a minimum, and eating a variety of fresh foods. But what about supplementation? Are there herbal remedies that offer proven antiviral protection? According to a recent New York Times article, “Can I Boost My Immune System,” the answer is no. But that is patently incorrect. From the article,
Eat a balanced diet, exercise and skip unproven supplements. A healthful diet and exercise are important to maintaining a strong immune system. However, no single food or natural remedy has been proven to bolster a person’s immune system or ward off disease.
Saying “no single food or natural remedy has been proven to bolster a person’s immune system” is what some might call, fake news. With over twenty years of research demonstrating antiviral benefits of consuming green tea, it’s clear that molecules known as catechins provide enhanced immunity and protection from the influenza virus. Of all catechins present in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is most powerful in preventing viral transmission.
As such, a simple web search by the Times writer using the terms “green tea antiviral” would’ve resulted in a National Institutes of Health publication titled, “A Review of the Antiviral Role of Green Tea Catechins,” which states,
Over the centuries, infectious diseases caused by viruses have seriously threatened human health globally. Viruses are responsible not only for acute infections but also many chronic infectious diseases. To prevent diseases caused by viruses, the discovery of effective antiviral drugs, in addition to vaccine development, is important. Green tea catechins (GTCs) are polyphenolic compounds from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. In recent decades, GTCs have been reported to provide various health benefits against numerous diseases. Studies have shown that GTCs, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have antiviral effects against diverse viruses.
When it comes to EGCG, you won’t find a more potent form of green tea than our Chi Tea line of standardized, liquid extracts.
Chi Tea Ultimate Green Tea
While brewed green tea leaf offers between 30-45% EGCG, our Chi Tea delivers as much as 62% EGCG, with more consistent potency as a standardized, liquid extract. Additionally, Chi Tea is fortified with powerful botanicals. And Chi Tea is so concentrated, one dropperful provides the antioxidant equivalent of 10-15 cups of brewed green tea.
Chi-Tox Tea – a standardized, liquid extract – has been scientifically formulated so that all of its ingredients synergistically work at detoxifying the liver’s brilliantly designed filtration system. Formulated with our green tea as a base, Chi-Tox is further enhanced with medicinal mushrooms, lycium (goji berry), schisandra, milk thistle, skullcap, and licorice.