Polyphenolic antioxidant (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate from green tea as a candidate anti-HIV agent.
AIDS. 2002 Apr 12 ;16(6):939-41. PMID: 11919502
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), one of the components of green tea, has been suggested to have antiviral activity. To determine the effects of EGCG on HIV infection, peripheral blood lymphocytes were incubated with either LAI/IIIB or Bal HIV strains and increasing concentrations of EGCG. EGCG strongly inhibited the replication of both virus strains as determined by reverse transcriptase and p24 assays on the cell supernatants.