THERAPEUTIC ASPECTS OF CATECHIN AND ITS DERIVATIVES – AN UPDATE

Sanda COȘARCĂ 1, Corneliu TANASE 1*, Daniela-Lucia MUNTEAN 1
1 University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu-Mureș, Faculty of Pharmacy, 38 Gheorghe Marinescu Street

Catechin and its derivatives are polyphenolic benzopyran compounds. The condensation of catechin units leads to the formation of condensed tannins. It is found in appreciable amount in green tea leaves, cocoa, red wines, beer, chocolate, etc. It possesses important antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative and antitumor properties. The present review outlines recent updates and perspectives of the effects of catechins and the pharmacodynamic mechanisms involved.