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Foods Naturally High in Catechins


Catechins are very potent phyto-chemicals that ultimately give green tea its various medicinal health benefits. Tea, as well as other foods rich in this chemical, will help prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Adding foods like these to a diet will thus enhance any diet. Polyphenols, including catechins, are antioxidants or structures that prevent destruction of cells or organs due to the negative effects of free radicals. This specific chemical is a subgroup and can be divided even further into other classes, including gallotechin, epicatechin, epigallotechin and various others. If you want to absorb it in the purest form possible you need to drink unfermented green tea because approximately 27% of it is made up of the chemical. Oolong tea has about 23% whereas black tea will have about 4%. You will find concentrated levels in raw apples, pears, plums, apricots, nectarines, broad beans, cherries and various berries. You can also find it in barley, rhubarb, raisins and red wine, but for the best results, consume dark chocolate (in moderation, of course).

Diseases can be prevented quite successfully and you can treat various ailments with catechins. They can even help prevent blood vessel tumor growth and will ultimately help prevent the development of atherosclerotic plaque buildup in arteries. It promotes anti-diabetic effects regarding insulin resistance and will provide you with protection against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in the long term. They are much more potent than other antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. However, not a lot of research on catechins has actually been based on the effects on humans. It will not be distributed evenly in tissue of plants and the food processing system will affect the levels of the chemical.

The biological outcome of these chemicals might also be altered by environmental as well as genetic factors so the effects of different dosages have not been studied extensively. Remember that green tea can also cause insomnia, headaches, and diarrhea and heart palpitations due to caffeine, so moderate your intake. Make sure you consult a doctor before you increase catechins intake if you have kidney disease or anxiety disorders.


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