(−)-Epicatechin, A Natural Flavanol Compound, Protects Against Acute Brain Injuries 
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Xi Lan is a researcher at John Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Cancer Research, Biotechnology, Immunology, and Genetics.

                       

(−)-Epicatechin, A Natural Flavanol Compound, Protects Against Acute Brain Injuries 

(−)-Epicatechin (EC) is a natural flavanol compound found at high concentrations in green tea and cocoa.1 Recently, we and others reported that EC treatment was beneficial in animal models of ischemic stroke (caused by a blocked brain blood vessel),2 hemorrhagic stroke (caused by a burst brain blood vessel),3 and traumatic brain injury (TBI).4 EC has been shown to protect nerve cells, or neurons, in a variety of acute and chronic brain disease models. Studies indicate that EC provides these benefits...

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