Green Tea Extract, Vitamin C, and Amino Acids for Influenza A

Currently, two drugs marketed as Tamiflu and Relenza are approved for the treatment of influenza.

In this study, authors have focused on developing strategies to inhibit viral infections and other diseases by naturally occurring nutrients, rather than prophylaxes.

They test the efficacy of a unique nutrient mixture (NM), which contains ascorbic acid, green tea extract, lysine, proline, N-acetyle cysteine, selenium, and other micronutrients. This mixture was thought to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-atherogenic properties that combat influenza A virus subtype H1N1 multiplication in infected cells. Anti-carcinogenic agents are those that stop the accumulation and development of carginogens in the body (Merriam-Webster). Similarly, anti-atherogenic agents protect against the formation of abnormal deposits on arteries (The Pharmacy Review).

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