GRU Professor: Green Tea Lotion Can Kill Spread of Ebola Virus, Likely
Posted: Oct 08, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 08, 2014 11:35 PM EDT
By Renetta DuBose, WJBF Reporter
Augusta, GA – A Georgia Regents University professor thinks he may have the key to stopping the spread of the Ebola virus.
Dental professor Stephen Hsu has been researching a very common plant I’m sure we’ve all had, green tea. Dr. Hsu told News Channel 6 that several years of research have proven that there’s something in green tea that kills viruses. A component of that same green tea is part of a lotion that can help in the fight against Ebola.
Imagine this: A lotion that can prevent people from contracting the Ebola virus. That’s Stephen Hsu’s conclusion following his research on EGCG, the natural compound found in green tea.
Now don’t rush off to your local grocery stores and purchase green tea. Hsu said it’s the compound epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG and a chemically modified component called ester that kills viruses. He feels the material would work because research shows it has worked on other viruses he said are envelope viruses just like Ebola.
Herpes simplex virus type I is also another virus that EGCG-ester kills according to the Journal of Virology, the basis of Dr. Hsu’s research.
Hsu said, “Prevention is the key. Outbreaks occur from time to time, but if you have a plan to prevent the outbreak. Then we can actually help to save a lot of lives.
Hsu added that he has shared this groundbreaking research with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, the two entities that can move testing forward. He’s hoping to send the material and begin testing to see if it can actually help prevent the spread of this very deadly virus.