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Epigallocatechin gallate

A representation of Epigallocatechin gallate

You may have heard of epigallocatechin gallate or seen it on the packaging of dog supplements. But what is it actually and how can it help your dog? Find out more about this interesting ingredient in this article.

What is epigallocatechin gallate?

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG for short) is a natural component of green tea. It belongs to the catechins, a group of secondary plant substances. Catechins have a high antioxidant potential, i.e. they can neutralize harmful free radicals in the body.

Why is EGCG good for dogs?

EGCG has several positive effects on the health of dogs. Firstly, it can reduce the breakdown of joint cartilage and inhibit inflammatory processes in the joint. This can be helpful for dogs with osteoarthritis or other joint diseases. On the other hand, EGCG can also strengthen the immune system, improve blood sugar regulation and reduce the risk of cancer. However, these effects have not yet been sufficiently scientifically proven.

How can EGCG be fed to dogs?

EGCG is available in various dosage forms such as powder, tablets or capsules. Some feed manufacturers also add EGCG to their products. The dosage depends on the weight of the dog and the concentration of the preparation. It is recommended to consult a vet before use.

What are the risks of EGCG?

EGCG is generally well tolerated by dogs, but there are some possible side effects or interactions with other medicines. Excessive doses can lead to gastrointestinal complaints, liver damage or blood clotting disorders. EGCG can also strengthen or weaken the effect of antihypertensive or blood sugar-lowering medication. Therefore, always read the package leaflet and adhere to the recommended dosage.

EGCG is an exciting ingredient with many potential benefits for dogs. Above all, it can promote joint health, but it can also have other positive effects.


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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

Stay healthy and take good care of your four-legged friend!😊

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