London: As India continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, a staff of researchers is investigating how inexperienced tea may give rise to a drug able to tackling COVID-19.
The preliminary findings steered that one of many compounds in inexperienced tea may fight the coronavirus behind COVID-19, stated lead writer Suresh Mohankumar, who researched throughout his time at JSS School of Pharmacy in Ooty earlier than taking over his present position at Swansea College Medical College.
“Nature’s oldest pharmacy has all the time been a treasure of potential novel medication and we questioned if any of those compounds may help us in battling the COVID-19 pandemic?” stated Mohankumar.
“We screened and sorted a library of pure compounds already know to be lively in opposition to different coronaviruses utilizing a man-made intelligence-aided pc programme,” he added.
Mohankumar emphasised that the analysis was nonetheless in its early days and a great distance from any form of medical software, within the examine revealed within the journal RSC Advances.
“The compound that our mannequin predicts to be most lively is gallocatechin, which is current in inexperienced tea and may very well be available, accessible, and inexpensive,” the researcher stated.
There now must be additional investigation to point out if it may be confirmed clinically efficient and secure for stopping or treating COVID-19.
“That is fascinating analysis and demonstrates that pure merchandise stay an necessary supply of lead compounds within the combat in opposition to infectious ailments,” stated Andrew Morris, Professor, Swansea College.
“I’m additionally actually happy to see this worldwide analysis collaboration persevering with now that Mohankumar has joined the Pharmacy staff,” Morris added.