Puerh tea and your health

We know puerh tea is aged, but does that make it healthier?

Puerh tea and your health

Pu erh tea has been a special drink in China for nearly two millennia, and it has been respected for its purported restorative and medical properties. The ancient Chinese understood it to be a virtual wonder drug, providing all manner of health benefits. It was their belief that drinking this tea offered many health benefits.

A list of benefits attributed to this tea are the removal of toxins, reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, curing diarrhea, enabling weight loss, improving eyesight, improving blood circulation, and negating the effects of overindulgence with alcohol.

Pu erh tea

Like black tea, Puerh tea is fermented. Unlike black tea, however, it is pressed into bricks or cakes and intentionally aged, in some cases for as long as 60 years. Like fine wine, it becomes smoother and richer (and more expensive) as it ages. It is often classified according to the year in which it is produced, and the region from which it comes.

Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea

Pu erh tea, although processed differently from other teas harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, contains the same antioxidants found in these other teas, and can reasonably be expected to induce the same mechanisms that attack cancer cells, carcinogens, and help prevent cardiovascular disease. Admittedly, much of the information on the health benefits of Pu erh tea is historical and anecdotal, yet many of these historical claims seem to have been validated by experience.

Several studies have shown that regular drinking of Pu erh tea aids digestion, and helps in weight-loss efforts by increasing the metabolism. One of Pu-erh tea’s most important reported health benefits, the lowering of cholesterol, has been verified and documented in a number of studies conducted in China and in France.

Around thirty years ago, researchers in China reported that clinical studies showed that the regular daily consumption of Pu-erh tea significantly lowered cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. These findings were confirmed by additional studies conducted at the Saint Antoine University Hospital in Paris, France.

One of these studies, a blind study conducted with 500 patients having high cholesterol levels, showed that those patients who regularly consumed three or more cups of Pu-erh tea daily could lower their cholesterol levels significantly, while the cholesterol levels of those that consumed other teas showed no change at all.

Time for tea

Unlike most teas, which taste better when brewed from fresh tea leaves, the flavor of Pu-erh tea improves with age. With an increasing number of tea drinkers, Pu-erh tea is becoming the preferred drink to enjoy after a heavy meal of fatty foods. Many habitual coffee drinkers have found that Pu erh tea’s robust, earthy flavor, with its significantly lower level of caffeine, is an excellent substitute for coffee, and it takes milk well. The method of preparing Pu-erh tea is similar to that of any loose leaf tea, except that instead of placing loose leaves into the teapot, you cut some tea from the brick or cake, and place that into the teapot. Pu-erh is a hardy tea. For optimum flavor, brew it using boiling water. Add milk and sugar, if you like, and enjoy.

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