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Absorption of caffeine in fermented Pu-er tea is inhibited in mice

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Caffeine is present in a number of dietary sources consumed worldwide. Although its pharmacokinetics has been intensively explored, little is known about complexed caffeine (C-CAF) in aqueous extraction of fermented Pu-er tea. The major components of C-CAF are oxidative tea polyphenols (OTP) and caffeine. Furthermore, the C-CAF can be precipitated in low pH solution. After administering the same amount of total caffeine and comparing the peak level of plasma caffeine with the coffee (contains 0.11 ± 0.01% C-CAF) group, the results showed that the caffeine/OTP (contains 66.67 ± 0.02% C-CAF) group and the instant Pu-er tea (contains 23.18 ± 0.02% C-CAF) group were 33.39% and 25.86% lower, respectively. The concentration of the metabolites of caffeine supports the idea that the absorption of the C-CAF was inhibited in mice. Congruent with this result, the amount of caffeine detected in mice excrement showed that more caffeine was eliminated in the caffeine/OTP group and the Pu-er tea group. The locomotor activity tests of mice demonstrated that the stimulating effect of caffeine in caffeine/OTP and Pu-er tea was weaker than in coffee. Our findings demonstrate that caffeine can be combined with OTP and the absorption of C-CAF is inhibited in mice, thus decreasing the irritation effect of caffeine. This may also be developed as a slow release formulation of caffeine.

Graphical abstract: Absorption of caffeine in fermented Pu-er tea is inhibited in mice

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22 Jan 2014
03 Apr 2014
First published
04 Apr 2014

Food Funct., 2014,5, 1520-1528
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Absorption of caffeine in fermented Pu-er tea is inhibited in mice

Y. Huang, H. Xu, S. Wang, Y. Zhao, Y. Huang, R. Li, X. Wang, S. Hao and J. Sheng, Food Funct., 2014, 5, 1520
DOI: 10.1039/C4FO00051J

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