Beneficial effects of catechin-rich green tea and inulin on the body composition of overweight adults

Br J Nutr. 2012 Mar;107(5):749-54. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511005095. Epub 2011 Oct 28.

Abstract

Green tea catechin has been proposed to have an anti-obesity effect. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the effect of catechin-rich green tea in combination with inulin affects body weight and fat mass in obese and overweight adults. A total of thirty subjects were divided into a control group and an experimental group who received 650 ml tea or catechin-rich green tea plus inulin. A reduction of body weight ( - 1·29 (sem 0·35) kg) and fat mass (0·82 (sem 0·27) kg) in the experimental group was found after 6 weeks, and no adverse effects were observed. After refraining from consumption for 2 weeks, sustained effects on body weight and fat mass were observed. We conclude that continuous intake of catechin-rich green tea in combination with inulin for at least 3 weeks may be beneficial for weight management.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiposity
  • Adult
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / adverse effects
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Catechin / adverse effects
  • Catechin / analysis
  • Catechin / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Food, Formulated* / analysis
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / etiology
  • Hypertension / prevention & control
  • Inulin / adverse effects
  • Inulin / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / diet therapy
  • Obesity / pathology
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Overweight / diet therapy*
  • Overweight / pathology
  • Overweight / physiopathology
  • Taiwan
  • Tea / adverse effects
  • Tea / chemistry*
  • Waist Circumference
  • Weight Loss
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Tea
  • Catechin
  • Inulin