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What are catechins?

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Catechins are a potent type of antioxidant which helps protects the body against harm from free radicals.

What are catechins and what do they do?

Catechins are involved in creating the flavour and colour of the substance they are present in.

They are a type of flavonoid called a flavonol and are also a polyphenol.  There are sub-types of catechins called EC and EGCG - these are the ones found predominantly in tea.

Where can you find catechins?

Among others you can find catechins in these commonly consumed foods/drinks but they are found in the greatest abundance in the leaves of the tea plant - particularly green tea.

Sources of catechins:

  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Dark chocolate
  • Raspberries
  • Acai berry
  • Other wild berries


A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.