Epicatechin is the chief ingredient of ephedra supplements. It is used to treat as a cure and prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma, etc. Its aqueous derivative, very much susceptible to oxidation, is widely used as antioxidant, prophylactic, anti-cancer, and immune system strengthening medicine to cure heart ailments, wounds, and infections. Besides, it is also used as an anti-epileptic, aphrodisiac, laxative, stimulant, diuretic, sedative, stomach cant, stomachic, and antiseptic medicine for various pathological conditions.
At present, epicatechin powder is available in the market and ready to use in capsule form for the treatment of common diseases like diabetes, eczema, cancer, asthma, obesity, low-level cholesterol, and HIV. It is now gaining popularity in western countries where people are starting to realize the health benefits of this supplement. This compound has a major role in the conversion of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) into the more effective polyphenol, epicatechin. It is a rich source of flavonoids, terpenoids, catechins, and other antioxidants like gallocatechin gallate. It is now being recognized and recommended by the majority of medical practitioners for its beneficial effect on controlling blood glucose levels, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels, preventing atherosclerosis, and inhibiting the growth of tumors in the human body.
At present, epicatechin powder has been introduced in the market after undergoing a series of trials and experiments in various parts of Asia. At present, it has been proven to be safe and effective and no adverse events have been reported by the users. It has been proven effective in lowering the cholesterol level which is one of the reasons that it is used as a healthy weight loss supplement. However, a recent study revealed that epicatechin may lower blood pressure and it has been advised to maintain normal blood pressure while using epicatechin. Thus epicatechin powder may be useful for people who suffer from any of the above-stated ailments if taken as directed.