- Green tea can help fight against coronavirus infection
- Gallocatechin is the compound present in green tea that helps in battling with Covid-19
- This could give rise to a drug capable of tackling Covid-19
"We screened and sorted a library of natural compounds already know to be active against other coronaviruses using an artificial intelligence-aided computer program," he added.
Mohankumar emphasized that the research was still in its early days and a long way from any kind of clinical application, in the study published in the journal RSC Advances.
"The compound that our model predicts to be most active is gallocatechin, which is present in green tea and could be readily available, accessible, and affordable," the researcher said.
There now needs to be further investigation to show if it can be proven clinically effective and safe for preventing or treating Covid-19.
"I am also really pleased to see this international research collaboration continuing now that Mohankumar has joined the Pharmacy team," Morris added.