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What are catechins?

Sunday February 2, 2014 at 12:15pm
What are catechins

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



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