Pu-erh tea: A review of a healthful brew

Wei Jia*, Cynthia Rajani, Aiping Lv, Tai Ping Fan, Xiaojiao Zheng

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Pu-erh tea has been used for thousands of years to treat metabolic diseases. Recognized in Shen Nong's Herbal Classic, a compendium kept by the first traditional Chinese practitioners, it is still highly valued for its hypocholesterolemic and hypolipidemic effects. This review reports the processing and bioactive components of pu-erh tea. Recent human and animal studies of pu-erh tea and its potential therapeutic mechanisms have also been summarized. The interaction of liver and gut microbiome regulates the pu-erh tea biotransformation and endogenous metabolism, and thus contributes to the health benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-99
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Gut microbiome
  • Hypocholesterolemic effects
  • Hypolipidemic effects
  • Pu-erh tea
  • Theabrownin


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