Green tea intake and its effect on laboratory parameters and disease symptoms in hospitalised patients with Covid 19: a structured protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Trials volume 22, Article number: 514 (2021)
The current randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be conducted to assess the effect of green tea intake on disease symptoms and laboratory parameters including C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and complete blood count (CBC) in patients with mild-to-moderate Covid-19 infection.
Randomized, double-blinded, parallel (1:1 ratio) clinical trial exploratory study
We will recruit patients with COVID-19 infection admitted to Yasuj Shahid Jalil Hospital in Yasuj City, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran.
Participants’ inclusion criteria are as follows:
Patients aged ≥18 years
COVID-19 diagnosis according to real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
Pregnancy or lactation
Disseminated intravascular coagulation or any other types of coagulopathy
Severe congestive kidney failure
Having a history of participating in a clinical trial during the last 30 days
Intervention and comparator
Intervention: Two capsules containing 450 mg green tea extract along with routine treatment for COVID-19 patients in the intervention group. Two capsules containing placebo plus routine treatment for patients with COVID-19 infection. Capsules will be taken twice a day, after lunch and dinner, for 14 days.
Changes in disease symptoms and laboratory parameters including CRP, ESR, and CBC after 14 days of the intervention compared to control group.
Eligible patients will be randomly assigned into the intervention or control group in a 1:1 ratio. Randomization will be performed based on 8 permuted blocks with block sizes of 10, and patients in the intervention and control groups will be matched according to sex and age categories. Randomization will be done using computer-generated random numbers (Randomization.com)
The appearance of placebo and green tea capsules will be similar in terms of shape and color, and they will be packed in the same bags that will be prepared by the company. Also, the researcher and all participants will not be aware of the divisions until the end of the study.
Numbers to be randomised (sample size)
The total sample was determined based on CRP MCID in which high CRP levels were considered >2.6 mg/L. Accordingly, a total sample size of 37 patients for each intervention group was required.
The protocol is Version 1.0, on June 5, 2021. Recruitment will start on July 11, 2021, which is anticipated to be completed by September 21, 2021.
IRCT20150711023153N3 (https://www.irct.ir/trial/55948) retrospectively registered on June 4, 2021
The full protocol is attached as an additional file, accessible from the Trials website (Additional file 1). In the interest in expediting dissemination of this material, the familiar formatting was eliminated; this Letter serves as a summary of the key elements of the full protocol.
Availability of data and materials
The final dataset of trial will be available upon request from the primary investigator via e-mail at email@example.com, after obtaining permission from Regional Ethics Committee
The authors would like to thank the Yasuj University of Medical Sciences for supporting the present research on COVID-19 and thanks to the Dineh company for contributing to this trial and supplying the green tea supplement and placebo.
This study was funded and supported by Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Kohgiluyeh, and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran. The funders did not have a role in the design of study, the intervention, collection, analysis, interpretation of data, and writing the manuscript.
Ethics approval and consent to participate
Ethics Committee approved the present trial of Yasuj University of Medical Sciences (Ethics Committee Reference Number: IR.YUMS.REC.1400.027) on May 15, 2021. The investigators declare that the trial has received ethical approval from the appropriate ethics committee, as described above. Informed written consent will be obtained from all participants before randomization.
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Mahmoodi, S., Yousefi, M., Sadeghi, O. et al. Green tea intake and its effect on laboratory parameters and disease symptoms in hospitalised patients with Covid 19: a structured protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 22, 514 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05462-8
- Randomised controlled trial
- green tea supplement