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4 Dec 2018

Pu-erh Tea and it’s benefits

Pu-erh tea, which pronounced poo-air tea is produced in the Yunnan district in China. It is produced from the leaves and stems of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Different forms of tea including green, oolong, and black tea are produced from the same plant.

Although the same plant is used, each tea is made by using different processes. Green tea is not fermented, Oolong tea is partially fermented, Black tea is fully fermented, Pu-erh tea is post-fermented. Which means, its process includes both fermentation and also drying under high humidity.

This fermentation process, helps in producing micro-organisms that is known to be valuable to our bodies.

Like most teas, Pu-erh tea contains strong anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Pu-erh tea contains high concentration of anti-oxidants as a result from the fermentation process that the tea experiences prior to steeping.

Chinese Herbal Medicine uses Pu-erh tea for its range of health benefits for thousands of years.

Benefits of Pu-erh Tea

Aids in Weight Loss

Pu-erh tea has been clinically proven to enhance levels of hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL). This blocks visceral fat build up. HSL is an important enzyme that unlocks fat cells, so that they can be emptied out.  This helps your body to have easier access to use those stored fatty acids as fuel and not keep it on your belly.

To achieve best results, follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink Pu-erh tea about an hour after each meal to reduce the amount of fat that absorbs from your meal.

Increased energy.

With the caffeine in Pu-erh tea, drinking a cup a day can help to increase your energy levels and focus. Every 250ml cup contains about 60 to 70 milligrams of caffeine. Compared to the 105 milligrams in a standard cup of coffee. As a result, this makes Pu-erh tea a perfect choice for individuals who find themselves unsteady from too much caffeine.

Caffeine can help improve mental alertness and give you that extra boost you need to get through your tough afternoon. Drinking Pu-erh tea can help you focus better and settle in to your day.

Reduction in Cholesterol

Chinese studies demonstrate that Pu-erh tea can certainly help to reduce bad cholesterol, triglyceride levels also known as LDL cholesterol, and prevent obesity-related diseases.

Pu-erh tea increases good cholesterol known as HDL cholesterol which assists to lower consumers risk of heart disease.

Cleansing & Digestion

Pu-erh tea uses its oxidising properties to deliver increased levels of oxygen, which enhances circulation and blood flow. By delivering more oxygen to the brain, Pu-erh tea can help with headaches, migraines, removing metals and reduces free radicals. Preventing damage which can cause serious illnesses.

Chinese Medicine uses Pu-erh tea to aid the spleen and stomach to filter toxins from the body.  Many foods that we consume, even healthy foods, contain acids and other free radicals that can build up in the body over time.  This is then absorbed throughout the body in the blood. This makes it highly beneficial to consume Pu-erh tea to help cleanse the blood of toxins.

Pu-erh Tea’s fermentation process produces micro-organisms and unique simple sugars which cleanses the blood of toxins. Removing toxins from the body and creating a healthier you, healthier gut flora in your stomach and intestines, aiding Pu-erh tea consumers in the digestion of foods.

Reduces Stress and Helps with Sleep

All though Pu-erh tea has caffeine, it can assist with sleeping. Despite the caffeine levels, the tea contains key micro-organisms and phyto-chemicals. Inclusive of GABA and theanine which helps reduce stress levels and increase the production of natural melatonin in the brain. This results in decreased stress levels, stabilised mood and improved sleep patterns.

Anti- Inflammatory

Pu-erh tea has anti-inflammatory benefits that may help reduce redness, swelling and other irritations. Also, Pu-erh tea can soothe pain caused by conditions that are inflammatory, like arthritis.

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