Catechins are a powerful antioxidant, and they're one of the big reasons why green tea is such a health promoting beverage. In its introduction to catechins, Wikipedia writes: ‘Catechin is a type of natural plant phenol and antioxidant. It belongs to the groups of flavanols.’ (link #1 at the end of this article.)
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Catechin and cholesterol research links.
The seeds of muscadine grapes contain over 30x more catechins and epicatechins, ounce for ounce, than green tea. A document from the Department of Nutrition at the UC Davis University of California (link #2) shows that green tea has 2.6mg/100g of catechins and 8.2mg/100g of epicatechins. Muscadine seeds have up to 86/1mg/100g of catechins and 71.8mg/100g of epicatechins.
UC Davis describe the health benefits of catechins: “The consumption of foods rich in catechins and epicatechins has been associated with a variety of beneficial biological effects including increased plasma antioxidant activity (ability of plasma to scavenge free radicals), brachial artery dilation (blood vessel expansion), fat oxidation, and resistance of LDL to oxidation and promotion of gut health (1). The gut microbiota can biotransform catechin and epicatechin, and conversely the presence of these nutrients in the gut can induce changes in gut microbial populations. It has been speculated that catechin/epicatechin can help inhibit production and activation of harmful bacteria while allowing beneficial bacteria to flourish.”
The website GreenTeaLeftovers (link #3) lists a number of health benefits for catechins, including:
Connects with cholesterol, absorbs and blocks it.
Decreases cholesterol level in blood and prevents bad cholesterol caused by oxidation, which prevents narrowing of blood vessel caused by the build-up of bad cholesterol.
Prevents arterial sclerosis, thrombosis, heart attacks and brain strokes.
Effective for high blood pressure.
Blocks a function of enzyme that digests and absorbs sugar and prevents diabetes.
Improves conditions of intestines by blocking growth of bad bacteria and enhancing good bacteria like bifid bacteria. This regulates the function of intestines.
Detoxifies by connecting with poisonous substance and harmful heavy metals (lead, chrome, mercury, cadmium, etc.) and dissolves it.
Changes harmful ultraviolet rays into non-harmful light in a plant to protect it.
In an independent laboratory test by The University of Georgia (link to abstract of the research study below), muscadine grapes (esp the seeds) were found to have up to 86.1 milligrams of Catechins plus up to 71.8 milligrams of Epicatechins per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of fresh fruit. (Link 4)
Wikipedia. About Catechin Antioxidants.
University of Californa. Nutrition & Health Info Sheets for Health Professionals - Catechins and Epicatechins.
Green Tea Leftovers website. Catechin health benefits.
US National Library of Medicine. Phenolic content and antioxidant capacity of muscadine grapes.
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