In a tea leaf, strictinin content is around 0.5% by weight, while catechins can make up to 20%.
Strictinin is useful against influenza
The influenza virus is responsible for what we commonly know as the flu. This virus is transmitted yearly throughout the world as new strains emerge.
Different studies have proved that strictinin strongly interferes with the replication of the influenza virus.
When this virus invades a cell, strictinin inhibits its capacity to fuse with the cell’s membrane.
Fortunately for green tea lovers, a moderate intake of green tea is enough to achieve this effect 🙂
EGCG, the main beneficial compound of tea, also has an anti-influenza virus effect, but we’ll cover that in a later post.
Strictinin diminishes allergic response
Strictinin suppresses the production of IgE antibodies, which contribute to the appearance of allergy sypmtoms.
In an earlier post, we saw how methylated catechins in green tea from certain cultivars also relieved allergy symptoms. It is a different mechanism, but they can both work at the same time.
Right now there seems to be few information about strictinin, but I think that it will become more prevalent in upcoming years.