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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Catechin constitutes about 25% of the dry weight of fresh tea leaf, although total catechin content varies widely. It is present in almost all teas made from Camellia sinensis, including white tea, green tea, black tea and Oolong tea. Catechins are also present in fruits, vegetables chocolate, and wine and are found in many other plant species. The Health benefits have been studied extensively in humans and in animals and include reduction in atherosclerotic plaque in seen in animal models. Reduction in carcinogenesis was seen in vitro. Catechin can reduce the risk of four of the major health problems: cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart failure. Some scientist believe it to be so essential to life that it should be classified as a vitamin.



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