Pu Erh Tea Health Benefits

Pu erh tea is rich in polyphehols and amino acids.

Pu Erh Tea Health Benefits

Pu erh tea is famous for its medicinal properties in China.

Some of the potential Pu erh tea health benefits include:

1. Antimicrobial and antimutagenic properties

Pu Erh tea possesses antimicrobial and antimutagenic properties. It helps to boost the immune system and may prevent certain cancers and diseases.

2. Lower cholesterol

Pu erh tea may reduce cholesterol levels.

Studies1 have showned that theabrownin can reduce fats in blood and lower cholesterol in rats fed a high fat diet.

In a research2 carried out by Professor Sheng Jun, vice president of Yunnan Agriculture University, 520 people were asked to drink 1g instant Pu er with 200ml water 3 times a day, half an hour before meals for 1 year. The results showed increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (good cholesterol) and decreased low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (bad cholesterol) at the end of the research. And the changes started to occur after three months of drinking.

3. Prevent diabetes

Pu erh tea may prevent or relieve symptoms of diabetes.

Professor Zhang Wensheng at the Resource Institute of Beijing Normal University found that Pu erh tea helped diabetic mice lose weight and prevent kidney and brain function damage.3 Both are side effects of diabetes.

4. Weight loss

Pu erh tea may aid weight loss.

In a study4 conducted by Cao Z. H. and colleagues from Yunnan Agricultural University in Kunming, China, they found that Pu erh tea extract significantly reduced total body weight and fat in rats fed with high fat diet. In addition, Pu erh tea also significantly lowered total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels.

5. Improved digestion

Pu erh tea may aid digestion and revitalize the spleen, stomach and other organs.

Where to buy Pu Erh tea?

Depending on where you live, you can probably find Pu Er tea at a local Asian store.  Alternatively, you can buy it online where there are more varieties to suit your preference and budget. My favourite Pu erh online store is:

Generation Tea – Pu erh tea capsules, tea bags, loose leaf, compressed

Generation Tea offers a range of quality Pu erh teas, including Pu erh tea capsules which are not commonly available elsewhere.

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Sources:
1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20722930
2 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2010-11/16/c_13608763.htm
3 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2010-11/16/c_13608763.htm
4 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20641056

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