The effects of green tea on lipid metabolism and its potential applications for obesity and related metabolic disorders - An existing update

Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2019 Mar-Apr;13(2):1667-1673. doi: 10.1016/j.dsx.2019.03.021. Epub 2019 Mar 15.


Obesity is one of the top global issues, which induces several serious health consequences both physically and mentally, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, dyslipidemia, eating disorders, depression and stress. However, the effective therapy to prevent and treat obesity and overweight, up to now, cannot be found nowadays. Several methods/medicines namely diet control, energy balance, environmental changes, genetic and stem cell therapies, new drugs/chemicals have been extensively studied to enhance the ability to control bodyweight and prevent obesity. Of all the aforementioned methods, green tea, used as a daily beverage, has shown beneficial impacts for the health, especially its anti-obesity effects. Available evidence shows that green tea can interrupt lipid emulsification, reduce adipocyte differentiation, increase thermogenesis, and reduce food intake, thus green tea improves the systemic metabolism and decreases fat mass. Here, we highlight and sum up the update investigations of anti-obesity effect of green tea as well as discuss the potential application of them for preventing obesity and its related metabolic disorders.

Keywords: Adipogenesis; Green tea; Lipid metabolism; Obesity and metabolic disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism / drug effects*
  • Metabolic Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Tea / chemistry*


  • Plant Extracts
  • Tea