Catechin, also known as Catechin and Caredhieacid, is a kind of active phenolic substance extracted from tea and other natural plants. Its molecular formula is C15H14O6 and its relative molecular weight is 290.28. It is a white needle-like crystal (water-acetic acid), melting point 212~216℃, soluble in hot water, ethanol, glacial acetic acid, acetone, slightly soluble in cold water and ether, almost insoluble in benzene, chloroform and petroleum ether.There are four main types of catechins:Epicatechin (EC); Epigallocatechin EGC; Epicatechin gallate ECG; Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG.
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What does Epicatechin do in the body?
1.Catechin is an important component of tea, which has many functions such as preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer. 2.Free Radical Scavenging: Catechins are natural lipid antioxidants that have even more antioxidant activity than vitamin E. And it can remove free radicals produced by the body to protect cell membranes 3.Prevention of tooth decay: tea contains fluorine, which can make teeth more resistant to acid attack 4. Deodorizing: Catechins remove the stench of methanethiol, thus removing bad breath from smokers, and reduce the stench of pigs, chickens, and human excrement (since catechins fight the bacteria that cause the stench in the human gut)