Pu-erh tea has been used and drank by the Chinese for many years, but is just recently become a popular beverage for those looking to lose weight, lower their cholesterol, and improve their mental alertness.
There are many sites on the internet that state the Pu-erh tea has the ability to help people lose weight, but there is no scientific evidence that this is true. Most scientists can agree that the Pu-erh tea can help to lower cholesterol and to help people to maintain and heighten their mental alertness, but not help lose weight.
Pu-erh tea is created from the large leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. This plant also produces the leaves used to make green tea, black tea, and oolong tea. Although the same plant is used each tea is made using a different process, thus the different teas. Interestingly enough the Pu-erh tea is creted by a process known as post-fermenting. This means that the tea is fermented through a process of storing the tea for prolonged periods of time in a humid place/storage. In fact the longer the Pu-erh tea is stored and fermented the better it is said to taste.
As stated before the Pu-erh tea is very popular in china and has been used as a medicine for many years. Over the years Taiwan has also begun to use the tea as a medicine and a popular beverage. Although the Pu-erh tea has been popular in China and Taiwan for many years, it was not until recently that the rest of the world noticed the teas great health benefits.
Those that are caffeine lovers like the Pu-erh tea because it is a natural source of caffeine and the beverage has many health benefits unlike coffee or other caffeinated beverages. The natural supply of caffeine will stimulate parts of the brain and body to increase a person’s ability to think clearly and stay healthy. Specifically the caffeine will stimulate the heart, the muscles, and the nervous system.
Another great benefit to drinking Pu-erh tea is it provides antioxidants. The antioxidants will help to protect the blood vessels and the heart. It will also help to fight off colds and in some cases certain cancers.
The Pu-erh tea has traditionally used to treat high cholesterol in China. This is due the teas ability to lower a person’s triglycerides through a chemical called Lovastatin. This is a quality all other teas do not have.