EGCG (Tea Polyphenol) has Therapeutic Potential for Treatment of Coronavirus Diseases?

For those interested in leads on prevention of coronavirus diseases, here are some conclusions of a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

  • "EGCG is an abundant tea polyphenol in brewed green tea, and many reports provide evidence that EGCG can efficiently block 3CL protease, an essential enzyme for coronavirus replication."
  •  "Moreover, additional coronavirus targets of EGCG such as RdRp and spike protein have been proposed."
  •  "Finally, EGCG treatment interferes with the replication of coronaviruses in cell culture systems."

Consult the full study here.

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[:en]Oolong Tea Brewing, as Easy as 1-2-3![:]

Whether you prefer a light, full bodied, or a strong brew, making a satisfying cup of tea doesn’t have to be rocket science #gongfucha. Think of it as a ritual akin to your daily workout and it becomes as easy as 1-2-3!

You’ll need:

  • 3+ gram tea (full bodied) or 5+ gram (strong brew)

  • 200 ml pure water

  • teapot and cup(s)


1. The Warm-up

  • Bring water to a boil.

  • Add 3g to 5g tea leaves to vessel.

  • Rinse leaves by pouring boiling in and out of the vessel.


*Gong Fu tip #1: Pour hot water over teapot and cups to bring them to temperature.


2. The Workout

  • Pour 200ml boiling water and put lid on.

  • Set timer to 5 minutes and Go!

Note: Oolong tea leaves are more robust than green tea and require water temperature upwards of 94 degrees, a boil does the trick.

*Gong Fu tip #2: Making the perfect cup is all about balance. The three main variables in your control are the amount of tea leaves, the amount of water, and the infusion length.


3. The Cool Down

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Top 5 Reasons to Drink Tea


The Tea Break Effect

Whether your tea break is an opportunity to socialize, gather your thoughts, adjust your To Do list, or a more centering and meditative one, the tea break effect is certainly a tasty and healthy habit that has a great impact on the unfolding of our days.

Good Breath

Tired of finding new innovative ways to get rid of the unpleasant coffee breath? Why not try a cup of tea! Tea tastes great and leaves you with a fresh and pleasant breath.

Keeping Us Alert and Productive

The caffeine in tea, usually 3 times less than that of coffee by the way, helps keep us alert while reducing our risk of a caffeine crash later in the day. Stay in the zone and accomplish more.

Weight Control

The combination of caffeine and catechins, the main antioxidant contained in tea, has been found to be a very efficient one in providing helps keep our metabolism up and burn more calories throughout the day. Tea also contains zero calories and keeps us in motion for the greater part of ...

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