Catechins - A Natural Medicine
Green Tea Catechins, are a group of flavonoids that exist naturally in the fresh leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
Health Benefits of Green Tea:
• Improved cardiovascular health,
• Cancer prevention
• Weight loss
The four main catechins that are present in green tea are:
· Epicatechin (EC)
· Epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG)
· Epigallocatechin (EGC)
· Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
Of these catechins, EGCG and EGC are found in the highest amounts in green tea.
Consumption of green tea has been shown to distribute these compounds and/or their metabolites throughout the body, which allows for not only the possibility of treatment of infections but also the prevention of infections.