Green Tea protects school children from the flu

August 17, 2011

Scientists at the University of Shizuoka School of Pharmaceutical Sciences state that “>a href="">Green Tea is known to contain antiviral components that prevent influenza infection”. 2663 schoolchildren between the ages of 6 to 13 from a variety of elementary schools in a tea plantation region (Kikugawa City) were studied each year in 2008 and 2009. The incidence of the flu confirmed by a test for children consuming Green Tea for 6 or 7 days a week was 40% lower than for children who consumed Green Tea less than 3 days a week. If the children drank 3 to 5 cups a day they had a 48% decline in incidence of the flu compared to children who had less than a cup each day. The study is published online ahead of print in the Journal of Nutrition