The Japanese, who lead the world in life expectancy, have a long tradition of drinking green tea. Together with Japanese researchers, we look at green tea catechins' health benefits, one of which is prevention of viral infections. Some studies have shown they are effective against influenza, and research is underway regarding the new coronavirus. Studies have also found that catechins suppress a decline in cognitive function and curb proliferation of cancer cells.
Gargling with green tea decreases the risk of viral infections
This researcher looks at the power green tea catechins have in decreasing cancer risk
Green tea catechins also activate the nerve cells in the brain