[The mechanisms of weight-cutting effect and bioactive components in Pu-erh tea]

Dongwuxue Yanjiu. 2012 Aug;33(4):421-6. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2012.04421.
[Article in Chinese]


Originally grown and produced in southern of Yunnan, China, Pu-erh tea has a long history and carries rich cultural connotations. Consumption of Pu-erh has been thought to possess numerous health benefits including weight-loss, lowering of blood glucose levels, and preventing cardiovascular diseases. Research on humans, rodents, and cell lines have each confirmed that Pu-erh tea indeed displays weight-loss and blood lipid lowering effects. The main bioactive components, such as theabrownin (TB), polysaccharides, polyphenols, and statins, may down-regulate the biosynthesis of fat and up-regulate the oxidation of fat to cut weight and reduce the content of lipids in blood. Here, we summarize current progress on understanding the mechanisms and bioactive components of Pu-erh's weight-cutting effects as well as highlighting current weaknesses in the field in order to suggest possible solutions for future research on Pu-erh tea.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Camellia sinensis / chemistry*
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Lipids / biosynthesis
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry
  • Tea / chemistry*


  • Lipids
  • Plant Extracts
  • Tea