By Kyle J. Norton
Green tea may have a therapeutic and positive effect in improved fat metabolism, some scientists suggested.
Fat metabolism is a biological process converted lipid intake to energy for the body needs through breaking down fat into glycerol and fatty acids before being absorbed by the intestines.
Abnormal fat metabolism plays an important factors in the development of obesity and diabetes, according to the study of the University of Colorado Denver.
In the evaulation of the mechanisms of actions of green tea bioactive polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG),on bile acid homeostasis and lipid metabolism, researchers conducted a study of male C57BL/6J mice
* Group 1: fed with a low-fat diet,
Group 2: fed with high-fat western-style diet or
* Group 3: fed with high-fat western-style diet containing 0.32% green tea bioactive polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG),
According to the differentiation at 17 weeks of experiment, mice group fed with EGCG exhibited a strong effect in reduced body weight gain, mesenteric fat mass, serum cholesterol and severity of fatty liver.
Additional analysis indicated that green tea reduced expression of significantly elevated the mRNA levels of cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase initiated by cholesterol through inhibition of bile acid synthesis in cholesterol metabolism, that enhanced attenuation of lipid absorption.
Injection of green tea EGCG also increased the level of HMG-CoA reductase in inhibited cholesterol synthesis, biliary lipid secretion, and elevated blood cholesterol through activation of low-density lipoprotein receptors which play an important role of limiting step in lipid synthesis.
Moreover, green tea EGCG also elevated scavenger receptor class B type 1 (SRB1), an enzyme with functions as a receptor for high-density lipoprotein in meditating the uptake of HDL-derived cholesterol and cholesteryl ester in the liver.
The enzyme also processes a property in modulating and regulating certain pathways and networks involved cellular lipids in biological systems.
Dr. Huang J, the lead scientist in the joint study at the State University of New Jersey, said, "The intestinal bile acid content was significantly decreased by EGCG, while fecal excretion of bile acids, cholesterol and total lipids were increased" and "EGCG decreases bile acid reabsorption, results in lower intestinal bile acid levels, which further decreased the absorption of lipids".
Further differentiation of the green tea effect by examining the lipid levels associated with obesity in C57BL/6J mice fed a normal diet (ND), HFD and HFD with GT for 12 weeks, scientists indicated that group treated with green tea extract and HFD expresses a significant alternation of levels of several lipid metabolites observed by the partial least squares discriminant analysis score plot.
Mice group fed with high fat diet demonstrated decreased levels of lysophospholipids (LPLs) (lysophosphatidylcholine, lysophosphatidylethanolamine and lysophosphatidylserine) which show a negative correlation with triglyceride hydrolysis and increased fat absorption in compared to normal diet group.
These alternations were not found in mice group fed with HFD plus green tea.
Alternation of lysophospholipid was associated to substantial impact on lysophospholipid metabolism, in contribution of the onset or progression of obesity.
The restoration of lysophospholipids (LPLs) by green tea extract caused by long term high fat diet may be an indication of how green tea reduced expression of inflammation, insulin resistance, and fatty liver disease in obesity.
Interestingly, in the observation of injection of green tea extract in the regulation of hepatic fat metabolism in 36 male chickens fed GTPs at a daily dose of 0, 80 or 160 mg/kg of body weight for 4 weeks, researchers at the joint study lead by the Anhui Agricultural University, suggested that oral administration of green tea polyphenols (GTPs) significantly improves lipid metabolism through reduced hepatic lipid content and abdominal fat mass and abdominal fat mass accumulation which are correlated to onset and progression of over weight and obesity.
Additionally, the application also expressed a strong effect in the phosphorylation levels of AMP-activated protein kinase α (AMPKα) which plays an important role in skeletal muscle fatty acid utilization and in regulated growth and reprogrammed metabolism, and Acetyl-CoA carboxylase 1 (ACACA) in modulation of fat cell cycle stages and cytokinesis, thus reducing fat synthesis and production of pro inflammatory cytokines.
More importantly, green tea polyphenol also altered the mRNA levels and enzymatic activities in suppressed expression of enzymes involved PUFA in the liver in stimulated lipid synthesis and fat oxidation.
Taken together, green tea containing high amount of bioactive polyphenols, such as catechins may be considered as a functional food to reduce onset and progression of over weight and obesity.
However, intake of green tea extract should be taken with care as acute liver toxicity has been reported in some cases.
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(1) Green Tea Polyphenol EGCG Alleviates Metabolic Abnormality and Fatty Liver by Decreasing Bile Acid and Lipid Absorption in Mice by Huang J1,2, Feng S1,3, Liu A1, Dai Z1,4, Wang H1, Reuhl K5, Lu W6, Yang CS1,2.(PubMed)
(2) Effect of green tea on hepatic lipid metabolism in mice fed a high-fat diet by Nam M1, Choi MS2, Choi JY2, Kim N3, Kim MS3, Jung S1, Kim J1, Ryu DH4, Hwang GS5.(PubMed)
(3) Green tea polyphenols alter lipid metabolism in the livers of broiler chickens through increased phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase by Huang J1,2, Zhou Y1, Wan B1, Wang Q1, Wan X1,2.(PubMed)
(4) Increase in serum and bile cholesterol and HMG-CoA reductase by lovastatin in rats by Yamauchi S1, Linscheer WG, Beach DH.(PubMed)