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By lurkingforacure On 2009.09.29 17:55
Another thing I have read more and more about is gargling with tea, green, black, it doesn't matter. Apparently the catechins or polyphenols, I'm not sure which, in the tea coat the throat, precluding the flu virus from landing there and infecting! I am making my kids drink green tea, which is not the best tasting, but they have not only not gotten the flu (yet, knock on wood) when many of their friends have, but they have not gotten a cold (also going around), sore throat (ditto), or allergies (ditto again, tons of allergies where we live). Here are some medical studies done on this subject, if you still have doubts, remember that drinking/gargling with the tea can't hurt! If you are worried, have a thermos of tea at your side and gargle on the hour.

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Gargling with tea catechin extracts for the prevention of influenza infection in elderly nursing home residents: a prospective clinical study.

Yamada H, Takuma N, Daimon T, Hara Y.

J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Sep;12(7):669-72.

PMID: 16970537 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Antiviral effect of catechins in green tea on influenza virus.

Song JM, Lee KH, Seong BL.

Antiviral Res. 2005 Nov;68(2):66-74. Epub 2005 Aug 9.

PMID: 16137775 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Additional inhibitory effect of tea extract on the growth of influenza A and B viruses in MDCK cells.

Imanishi N, Tuji Y, Katada Y, Maruhashi M, Konosu S, Mantani N, Terasawa K, Ochiai H.

Microbiol Immunol. 2002;46(7):491-4.

PMID: 12222936 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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[Comparison between black tea and gargles on inhibition of the infectivity of influenza virus]

Iwata M, Toda M, Nakayama M, Hara Y, Shimamura T.

Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1997 Nov;71(11):1175-7. Japanese. No abstract available.

PMID: 9455060 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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[Prophylactic effect of black tea extract as gargle against influenza]

Iwata M, Toda M, Nakayama M, Tsujiyama H, Endo W, Takahashi O, Hara Y, Shimamura T.

Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1997 Jun;71(6):487-94. Japanese.

PMID: 9248263 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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[Effects of tea catechin and specific antibody of influenza viruses]

Nakayama M, Iwata M, Toda M, Hara Y, Shimamura T.

Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1996 Nov;70(11):1190-2. Japanese. No abstract available.

PMID: 8986075 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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[Inhibition of the infectivity of influenza virus by black tea extract]

Nakayama M, Toda M, Okubo S, Hara Y, Shimamura T.

Kansenshogaku Zasshi. 1994 Jul;68(7):824-9. Japanese.

PMID: 8089547 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Inhibition of the infectivity of influenza virus by tea polyphenols.

Nakayama M, Suzuki K, Toda M, Okubo S, Hara Y, Shimamura T.

Antiviral Res. 1993 Aug;21(4):289-99.

PMID: 8215301 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Inhibition of multiplication of influenza virus by extracts of tea.

GREEN RH.

Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1949 May;71(1):84. No abstract available.

PMID: 18151487 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

By mylove On 2009.09.30 11:05
Just to throw it out there, but -

Swine flu is making the rounds in our state, so the health dept is disseminating some information. PD (and other neurological disorders) is on the list of conditions that bump one into the recommended 'first round vaccines' category. The thought is that these people are already compromised and the risk is greater to get the flu than to get the vaccine.

My DH will be lining up to get his. Hopefully it will become available in our area BEFORE it makes it to our house!


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