Pu Er Tea comes from the mountains in China’s Yunnan province and traditionally begins as a raw product after which the tea leaves goes through a natural fermentation process before being dried and aged. Therefore, Pu Er Tea is the most oxidised form of tea.
This not only creates a cup of tea with deep and rich body, but the fermentation process also helps produce microorganisms which have been known to be particularly beneficial to the human body.
Here are 7 frequently claimed health benefits of drinking Pu Er Tea:
One of the most promising applications of Pu Er Tea is as a remedy against diabetes. According to scientists at Jilin University and the Changchun Science and Technology University, drinking the right amount of Pu Er Tea significantly reduces blood sugar levels and can prevent diabetes to some extent.
The stomach and intestines break down food through a combination of acids and healthy bacteria. The microorganisms that are present in Pu Er Tea have shown to increase the healthy bacterial flora in the stomach and intestines, which may aid in proper digestion of foods. For this reason, it has been found beneficial to consume Pu Er Tea after heavy meals to aid in better digestion.
Studies have shown that Pu Er Tea significantly suppresses fatty acid synthesis. This means that it can literally block your body from producing more fat. The process of lipogenesis (creation of fat by the liver) is blunted by drinking this traditional tea.
New studies have discovered that the microbial aging of Pu Er Tea can result in the production of small amounts of lovastatin, a natural statin. In the synthetic form, lovastatin is commonly used to treat high cholesterol. Additional studies have shown that long term use of appropriate amounts of Pu Er Tea have the potential to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and increase HDL levels (the good cholesterol).
The key microorganisms and phytochemicals Pu Er Tea contains, GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) and theanine, have been shown to reduce stress levels.
The key microorganisms and phytochemicals in Pu Er Tea also increase the production of natural melatonin in the brain, resulting in decreased stress, stabilized mood and improved sleep patterns.
Like most teas, Pu Er Tea has been shown to contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are natural phytochemicals that help the body fight off free radical molecules and prevent diseases. The antioxidants that are found in Pu Er Tea are often in a higher concentration than in most other teas due to the fermentation process that the tea undergoes prior to steeping.
To learn more about Pu Er Tea, visit Old Village Pu Er at 167 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389242, for a taste of Pu Er Tea from 12 different mountains.