Pu-er tea is not as widely known or promoted in the Western Culture, however in the Chinese Culture, this is the most popular tea that most Chinese people drink. Most people around the world, understand that the Japanese green tea is very good for health. Pu-er tea comes from the same Camellia sinenis plant, and is cultivated specifically in the Yunnan Province of China.
I personally love Pu-er tea, not only because it was always the tea my grandpa ordered during dim sum, but because of its thick, full bodied smooth and rich flavor. Pu-er tea can be very expensive, and can range up to $1000 per kilogram.
Pu-er tea is aged and fermented, and like wine, it gets better, and also more expensive with time. The tea leaves undergo a two-part fermentation process using Yunnan green tea leaves and a humid environment. This fermentation process allows beneficial bacteria and fungal bacteria to develop, resulting in the tea's health benefits. After the tea leaves are aged and fermented, they are packed into bricks or sold as loose leaf teas.
Here are the benefits of pu-er tea:
1. Increases energy
An 8 ounce cup of Pu-er tea contains between 60-70 milligrams of caffeine, compared to the 106 milligrams of coffee. This caffeine may help with mental focus and help make you more alert.
2. Promotes a Healthy Heart
Pu-er tea helps the body produce lovastatin, which is commonly used to treat cholesterol.
3. Prevents Cancer
There have been some studies performed that indicate that drinking pu-er tea can help target specific tumour cells without any side effects and prevent the growth of cancer cells by inhibiting cell proliferation.
4. Cleanses Toxins and Free Radicals
Consuming pu-er tea can increase levels of oxygen in your body, because of its oxidative properties, it increases circulation and blood flow. In traditional Chinese medicine, pu-erh tea has been used to aid the spleen and stomach in filtering toxins throughout the body. Pu-erh tea contains simple sugars and microorganisms that help the spleen cleanse blood and eliminate free radicals.
5. Protects Bone Health
The polyphenols in pu-er tea have a positive effect oxidative stress and inflammation, which may benefit your overall bone health. This could help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
6. Aids in Weight Loss
Due to the presence of lovastatin, pu-er tea helps reduce constipation and improve digestion. The polyphenols and antioxidants also aid in digestion and fat breakdown. Drinking pu-er tea helps suppress the synthesis of fatty acids and also helps your body produce epinephrine norepinephrine, which work to reduce stores of fatty acids.
7. Reduce Stress
Pu-erh tea contains the phyto-chemicals GABA and theanine, which have been attributed to lower stress levels. These phyto-chemicals increase the production of melatonin, which can aid in better sleep and a calmer demeanor throughout the day.
8. Prevents Illness
Pu-erh tea is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, drinking a cup of this brew every day can help prevent illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
9. It may help prevent photoaging
Pu-erh may even help protect the skin from photoaging, or signs of aging caused by sun damage.
10. It may help manage blood sugar
Managing your blood sugar is especially important if you already have or want to prevent diabetes. Drinking pu-erh can help to lower blood sugar levels after meals, which is when your glucose levels are likely to rise.
Enjoy a cup today!