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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 33, No. 4, 2012, pp. 421-426
Bioline Code: zr12067
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2012, pp. 421-426

 en The mechanisms of weight-cutting effect in Pu-erh tea
ZOU, Xiao-Jü; DING, Yi-Hong & LIANG, Bin

Abstract

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.

Keywords
Pu-erh tea; Weight-cut effect; Mechanisms; Bioactive components

 
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