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Epicatechin is a primary flavanol that provides dark chocolate its health boosting reputation.
Epicatechin Supplement Benefits
Epicatechin’s antioxidant properties may promote overall health.  Its interactions with cortisol and the lipid system can also improve longevity.*
Epicatechin promotes a lean body composition as well. Epicatechin can promote healthy visual and spatial memory by upregulating genes associated with learning.* 
Mitochondria are the cellular powerhouse. Epicatechin supplementation may promote their formation in skeletal muscles.  Additionally, epicatechin supplementation benefits mitochondrial function and activity as well. 
By these mechanisms, supplementing with epicatechin can promote lean mass.*Â One study revealed that epicatechin supplementationÂ enhanced participants’Â exercise capacity and as well. 
By promoting mitochondrial activity, epicatechin can combat muscular fatigue. 
Epicatechin helps to promote natural thermogenesis.  Though the mechanism behind its thermogenic properties isn’t fully understood, it’s likely due to the promotion of muscular aerobic metabolism.* 
Epicatechin crosses the blood-brain barrier; this makes it easier for it to supplement cognition. Â This supplement can also promote healthy cognitive function.*
One study, using a treatment (epicatechin) group showed a 25% improvement in visual memory recognition speed compared to the control group. Â Epicatechin can supplement the regulation of genes associated with memory and learning as well.
Little is known whether gene expression and cell density have a cause and effect relationship.* 
Health and Longevity
Epicatechin boosts angiogenesis which can promote heart health.* 
Epicatechin promotes relaxation as well.*
The recommended dosage of epicatechin is 200mg/day.
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