Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Bacterial pneumonia is the most common type in adults.
Researchers do not know why people with the same health condition, some are susceptible to the onset of the disease while others do not.
However, according to the studies, certain groups of people are at a higher prevalent to be infected, including babies and toddlers, who have an immature immune system, people who have had a recent viral infection and people with chronic lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis or bronchiectasis.
Additionally, People with suppressed immune systems, excessive alcohol drinking and smoking habit and the elderly are also associated with the increased risk of lung infection.
Most common symptoms of include fever and chill caused overexpression of inflammatory cytokines, shortness of breath and increased breathing rate, caused by reduced lung function.
Some patients with pneumonia also have serious symptoms of persistent coughing with phlegm, that does not disappear itself and chest pain.
Green tea is a precious drink processed numbers of health benefit and known to almost everyone in Asia and the Western world.
In a population-based cohort study, with the follow-up from 1995 to 2006 conducted by Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine using data of participants in National Health Insurance beneficiaries in Japan (19,079 men and 21,493 women aged 40-79 y), researchers wrote at the end of the experiment,
Injection of green tea <1 cup/d, with HRs of 1, 1-2 cups/d with HRs of 0.59, 3-4 cups/d, HRs of 0.55 and > or =5 cups/d with Hrs of .53, respectively in women.
Interestingly, in men, green tea injection regardless of volumes displays no significant association in risk of death from pneumonia.
Furthermore, in the evaluate epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) effect in influenza A virus in the induction of pneumonia in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells of BALB/c mice treated with EGCG (10, 20 or 40 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1), po) for 5 days. and on the 3rd day of the treatment, the mice were infected with influenza A virus., researcher indicated that
However, intake of green tea supplement should be taken with exceptional care as acute liver toxicity has been reported in numbers of the case.
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(1) Green tea and death from pneumonia in Japan: the Ohsaki cohort study by Watanabe I1, Kuriyama S, Kakizaki M, Sone T, Ohmori-Matsuda K, Nakaya N, Hozawa A, Tsuji I.(PubMed)
(2) Amelioration of influenza virus-induced reactive oxygen species formation by epigallocatechin gallate derived from green tea by Ling JX1, Wei F, Li N, Li JL, Chen LJ, Liu YY, Luo F, Xiong HR, Hou W, Yang ZQ.(PubMed)
(3) Anti-influenza virus activity of green tea by-products in vitro and efficacy against influenza virus infection in chickens by Lee HJ1, Lee YN, Youn HN, Lee DH, Kwak JH, Seong BL, Lee JB, Park SY, Choi IS, Song CS(PubMed).