Weight reduction effect of Puerh tea in male patients with metabolic syndrome

Phytother Res. 2014 Jul;28(7):1096-101. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5111. Epub 2014 Jan 7.


Puerh tea has been proposed to promote weight loss and favorably modify glucose, insulin and blood lipids. This study tested the effect of daily Puerh tea consumption for 3 months on weight and body mass index (BMI), and select metabolic parameters. The effect of daily Puerh tea intake on weight, BMI and changes in glucose, HbA1c and lipids was evaluated in patients with metabolic syndrome. The patients (N = 70) were randomized into two groups: those taking Puerh tea extract capsule (333 mg Puerh tea extract) three times a day and those taking a placebo tea for 3 months. There was a decrease in body weight of 1.3 kg in the Puerh tea group (p = 0.077) versus 0.23 kg in the placebo arm (p = 0.186). There was also a slight decrease in BMI 0.47 kg/m(2) in the Puerh tea group (p = 0.076) versus 0.09 kg/m(2) in the placebo arm (p = 0.185), suggesting a trend of weight change, but without statistical significance. Subgroup analysis of the male patients demonstrated statistically significant improvements in body weight reduction (p = 0.004) and BMI (p = 0.004). However, the change in other metabolic parameters (cholesterol or triglyceride) or HbA1c was not statistically significant. Intake of Puerh tea for 3 months was associated with a slight reduction in body weight and BMI, especially in the male patients. Therefore, daily Puerh tea consumption may be an alternative choice to modify body weight.

Keywords: Puerh tea; metabolic syndrome; weight reduction.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Metabolic Syndrome / metabolism
  • Middle Aged
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Tea / chemistry*
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Weight Loss*


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Insulin
  • Plant Extracts
  • Tea
  • Triglycerides
  • hemoglobin A1c protein, human
  • Cholesterol