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Green tea - prophylaxis against HIV

March 29 2007
18:48

Studies have shown that substances found in green tea may fight the AIDS virus.

The component has a complicated name epigalokatehin gallate. It prevents the adherence of the virus to immune cells. The substance binds surface receptors in immune cells leaving no room there for the virus and not allowing it to connect to the cell as it occurs normally.

Despite promising results, experts from the U.S. and Britain say the preliminary study and the inability to make any affirmative conclusions.

Lead author Professor Mike Williamson, of the University of Sheffield, said that taking green tea can reduce the risk of HIV disease: "There is no cure and no way to protect, but the use of green tea can enhance traditional therapy, if used together with drugs."

According to representatives of charitable organizations, the only means of preventing the spread of HIV is the use of condoms. At the same time, the use of green tea in patients with HIV may have some advantages.

Prior to this study, green tea has been recognized means of preventing many diseases, including the Alzheimer's disease. Tells Medical Information Network.

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