The Yunnan province of China is the place where you can find pu-erh leaves in abundance. The place has been cultivating the pu-erh since 1700 years. So, it goes without saying that people in Japan have been reaping the health benefits of the tea since several centuries.
The tea is made from camellia sinensis plant which is the same plant used for deriving black and green tea. However, the leaves used for making pu-erh are broad. The broad leaves helps in delivering more oxidation when the tea is allowed to ferment which ultimately helps in enhancing the tea to produce health benefits. Here are the three major health benefits of drinking pu-erh tea.
Minimizes Heart Disease Risk
The pu-erh tea is available in fermented and non-fermented forms. Many studies have been conducted on the tea. One such study conducted by Journal of Gerontology was done on the blood lipids of rats by providing them with both fermented and non-fermented form of tea. The result was that both kinds of teas helped in reducing lipids that were present in the blood of rats.
The whole idea behind conducting the study was to check whether it can help in reducing heart disease risk and the study proved that the tea definitely helps in lowering cardiovascular disorders. If you are consistently gaining weight and you fear that in the future you may suffer from cardiovascular disorder, you can easily rely on the pu-erh tea to keep both under control.
Pu-erh tea is a good source of antioxidants. In fact all teas including the pu-erh tea that is made from the camellia sinensis plant are rich in antioxidants. One of the beneficial antioxidants in the tea is the catechins which help in preventing cancer. Green tea contains high levels of catechins. Both fermented and non-fermented versions of the tea contain catechins.
The fermented tea appears green in color and the non-fermented tea appears black in color. The catechins present in the tea holds onto the oxidizing components in the blood which breaks the oxidation process and thus helps in preventing cancer.
Pu-erh tea is well-known for losing weight. In fact, many studies have proven that the tea has successfully helped in regulating and reducing the body weight as compared to any other tea. The tea is known to contain components such as catechins, caffeine and theanine which are known for facilitating weight loss.
If an obese is made to drink the tea regularly, he or she will be able to lose weight in a healthy way. It does not mean the tea alone can help in shedding weight. By resorting to healthy diet along with pu-erh tea, you will be successfully shed off lots of weight.