Pu-erh tea is a calorie burning 100% natural tea, a fully fermented dark tea that has several health benefits, amongst others, it increases metabolism, it lowers cholesterol level, it lowers blood pressure, and it may help you lose weight. It is also rich in anti-oxidants. Pu-erh tea is produced in China, in Yunnan province.
China has a long history of tea production and consumption. Pu-erh tea can be made of several tea types. It starts out as raw tea leaves, turned into rough Mao Cha or raw Sheng Cha. Both Mao Cha and Sheng Cha will undergo gradual fermentation and maturation, this is how pu-erh tea is processed. We even know a new kind of pu-erh tea, made of Shou Cha by accelerated fermentation.
Fermentation is a unique way of tea production: dried, rolled tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation and oxidation: this is how Chinese people produce Hei Cha, known as black tea in China. It is not the same black tea Western people drink: Western “black” tea is called “red tea” in China. The most famous version of Hei Cha is pu-erh tea. High quality pu-erh tea has an earthy, rich, coffee-like flavor. Poor quality pu-erh tea has a moldy, muddy taste. You may pick organic pu-erh tea, which is certainly of high quality and it has many health benefits.
Types of Tea: Different Flavors
If you do not like the aroma and texture of pu-erh tea, you can find different types of pu-erh, with additional flavors like peach, ginseng, green tea, ginger, vanilla, or mint. These additional elements may have their own weight loss effects. Ginger helps those who have slow metabolism. It stops nausea and eases the symptoms of asthma. Green tea extract lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol level. It has an anti-inflammatory effect. Ginseng is helpful for those who live with type 2 diabetes.
Health Benefits of Pu-Erh Tea: Weight Loss
Pu-erh tea has a cleansing effect. According to Chinese tradition, pu-erh tea opens the meridians, stimulates the spleen and the stomach, enhances blood circulation, cleanses blood and it makes metabolism faster. It is helpful after a large meal or when you have a hangover.
Medical research has proven that pu-erh tea helps lose weight. Researchers experimented on rats, feeding them with pu-erh tea leaves. It caused weight loss. It suppressed the expression of fatty acid synthase in the rats’ livers. It also suppressed their triacylglycerol and cholesterol levels. It was because catechins, caffeine, and theanine – the chemicals that caused these effects – were present in pu-erh tea in a different composition than in other teas.
How to Use Pu-Erh Tea
It would be best if you consume pu-erh tea right after breakfast or a light snack, and, 30 minutes later, you are supposed to work out.
If you have health issues, cardiovascular diseases, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not drink pu-erh tea. You may ask your health care provider about consuming pu-erh tea.