Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)


Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a catechin found in green tea.

Research has shown this catechin is the most potent with activities ranging from scavenging free radicals to burning fat. EGCG may help protect against a number of cancers by stopping the blood supply to tumors (angiogenesis) and causing cancer cells to self-destruct (apoptosis). It also encourages phase 2 detoxifying enzymes in the liver.

EGCG helps to inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is a key factor in the development of heart disease.

EGCG also may help to promote thermogenesis-or fat burning activity-by inhibiting the enzyme catechol-O-methyl-transferase which inactivates norepinephrine.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) - Found in:

Green Tea,
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