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What Are Catechins?

What are Catechins? What is Catechins? Green Tea Catechins and epigallocatechin gallate.

Catechins are polyphenolic antioxidants found in various plants especially in the leaves of the tea plants. Scientifically, Catechins are bio-flavonoids which can be found in the plants. Bio-flavonoid is a large class of plant pigments having a chemical structure based on or similar to flavone. Catechins are the sub group of flavan-3-ols (a class of flavonoids). Catechins are important for the good health. Catechins are also known as cachou, cahoo and cutch. The main Catechins found in the plants are epicatechin (EC) epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Among all of them EGCG is the most powerful Catechin.

Catechins are polyphenolic antioxidants plant metabolites which are responsible for the good health of plants and humans as well. Catechins are major building block of tannins (a type of biomolecule).

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Catechins for the Skin

Catechins are good for the skin. It increases the skin’s defence and self healing abilities. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that’s why Catechins work very well as anti-aging compounds. Catechins fight free radicals, protect skin from sun damage, fight wrinkles and keep the skin youthful. Many studies tell us that Catechins should be included in the daily skin care regimen for better skin health.

Other Health Benefits of Catechins

• Antioxidant activity – Catechins are strong antioxidants and very good for the health.

• Anticarcenogenic – Catechins prevent the growth of the cancer cells.

• Antiatherogenic – Protect against atherogenesis (formation of atheromas on the walls of the arteries as in atherosclerosis).

• Enzymes function – Catechins boost production of the enzymes of glutathione S-transferase (GST) family. This is crucial to the body's defense against cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins.

• Antibiotic – Catechins have also been shown to possess antibiotic properties.

• Antidiabetic – Catechins increase insulin activity.

• Antibacterial – Catechins block the attachment of the bacteria linked with dental caries to the teeth.

• Metabolism – Catechins protect against digestive and respiratory infections.

Food Sources of Catechins

• Green Tea

• Chocolate

• Red wine

• Apples

• Apricots

• Peach

• Raspberry

• Blackberry

• Black tea

Catechins are very common in the seeds and skins of the fruits that have not fully ripened. Epicatechins are high in apples, blackberries, broad beans, cherries, black grapes, pears, raspberries, and chocolate. Both black and green tea are rich in epigallocatechin, epicatechin gallate, and epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) can be found in high amount in the green tea. It is a very effective chemo preventive agent.

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Comments (10)

Another healthful knowledge to behold. Thanks for sharing my friend.

Very informative. Your graphic has given me flashbacks to the days I spent in my college organic chemistry classroom and laboratory.

I never knew about catechins till i read it in yur article. Thanks.

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing this information. I haven't heard about this 'til now. voted up

Interesting.

I have only recently started drinking green tea and I read a little about these catechins. I really appreciate this information as I am trying to get more healthy in my eating.

Nice job Sourav, this is an added information on antioxidants, thanks.

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Rachael

There’s another superfood you should know about called the Aroniaberry (chokeberry). It is native to North America and contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants – anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins of any fruit. These powerful berries have been utilized for years because of their overall health and wellness benefits. Learn more at www.superberries.com.

Rachael

I agree, catechins are found in various plants. There’s a super berry you should know about called the Aroniaberry (chokeberry). It is native to North America and contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants – anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins of any fruit. These powerful berries have been utilized for years because of their overall health and wellness benefits. Learn more at www.superberries.com.

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