Source: Dr. Jason T. C. Tzen (Professor, Graduate Institute of Biotechnology, NCHU)

Translated by Chia-Yi Chou (Office of Research and Development, NTNU)


The bitter Pu-erh tea and the Hakka sour citrus tea are traditional tea drinks to expel the cold. The Academia Industry Alliance for Tea Production, chaired by Professor Jason T. C. Tzen of the Graduate Institute of Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), has been examining and analyzing the two types of tea drinks, and found four effective ingredients, namely theacrine, strictinin, hesperidin and narirutin. Mixing the ingredients on the basis of the Taiwan Sijichun Tzen Tea, Bitter Citrus Tzen Tea was developed and exported with a slightly better but perceptibly mellow umami taste. A presentation was held at NCHU on 7 September 2020.

With support for six consecutive years from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Academia Industry Alliance for Tea Production focused on upgrading and promoting the tea industry, especially the promotion of “Tzen tea”, has found a new path for the tea industry in Taiwan. With the full support of Dr. Fuh-Sheng Shieu, President of NCHU, the alliance continued to develop basic scientific research and applied technology for tea. The alliance expects to take responsibility for Taiwan society as a whole, in order to innovate and upgrade, look forward to the future, and lead the Taiwan tea industry to the future.

The research team selected two kinds of tea for expelling the cold, namely the bitter Pu-erh tea and the Hakka sour citrus tea. Using modern technology, the research team solved the mystery of an ancient herbal remedy and provided a new functional food in a scientific manner. Professor Wei-Li Hsu, Deputy Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, NCHU, has tested four main ingredients of bitter Pu-erh tea, including theacrine, chlorogenic acid, caffeine (invalid control group), and strictinin (effective control group) for their inhibitory potency on flu viruses. The results show that bitter Pu-erh tea can suppress influenza A virus with strictin
in and theacrine. The research data have been published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

After three years of cooperation, Professor Jason T. C. Tzen and a tea producer of the alliance jointly developed a brand new drink, “Bitter Citrus Tzen Tea”. They extracted the ingredients of bitter Pu-erh tea (the cold-expelling tea for Yunnan indigenous people) and Hotou Gan peels (the raw material of Hakka sour citrus tea), including theacrine, strictinin, hesperidin, narirutin and so on. Furthermore, Taiwan Sijichun Tzen Tea was incorporated to improve the flavor and smell. This new tea drink is supposed to be one of the best drinks for modern people's daily care, and the development of this tea product successfully demonstrates an academic-industry cooperation model.

Volume 1 _ Ascension
“Bitter Citrus Tzen Tea” Introducing a New Trend in Healthy Drinks for Modern People
ARCH History-Volume 1
Volume 1 _ Research
Develops Novel Two-Dimensional Neural Synapses to Seek Artificial Neuromorphic Alternatives
ARCH History-Volume 1
Volume 1 _ Collaboration-1
International collaboration with Laboratorie de Physiques des Solides/CNRS, France
ARCH History-Volume 1
Volume 1 _ Art Center
Drawing the Beauty of NCHU by Taiwan's renown artists
ARCH History-Volume 1
Volume 1 _ Halcyon Days
NCHU Take Me High, Let Me Fly with an Equation 3X + A.G = D
ARCH History-Volume 1
Volume 1 _ Collaboration-2
NCHU’s Biotechnology Center and University of California, Davis Signed 3+X Master's Degree MOU
ARCH History-Volume 1
Copyright © Office of International Affairs, National Chung Hsing University 145 Xingda Rd., South Dist., Taichung City 402, Taiwan (R.O.C.) +886-4-22840206