Drink Puerh Tea -- Lose Weight, Reduce Cholesterol
Puerh teas are known in China as "medicinal teas". Although green tea has gotten all the press, puerh tea is finally being enjoyed in the West.
Pu-erh teas are from the Dayeh (large leaf) species of broad leaf tea trees of Yunnan, China. These trees are believed to be an older variety of the modern, smaller leafed tea bush.
Some pu-erh tea trees can be ancient, the oldest known tree is over 2000 years old!
Pu-erh leaves are processed differently than green tea leaves. They are oxidized similar to an oolong tea, but not as long as black tea. The leaves are then dried loose or compressed into tea bricks, tea cakes or Tuochas that look like bird nests.
For most Americans, tea in this state is a unique visual experience. Some tea cakes have been aged in caves to develop their particularly earthy flavor.
Puerh tea has yet to be researched to the same degree as green tea, but what we do know is that pu-erh tea has unique benefits that the other teas do not.
In particular, pu-erh helps decrease blood cholesterol levels and improves fat metabolism.
It is thought that pu-erh teas unique double fermentation may create special enzymes and microbes that offer the body micronutrients essential for better health.
Many coffee drinkers enjoy pu-erhs rich, deep flavors. Since puerh tea has less caffeine than coffee
, it is a great alternative for those looking to decrease caffeine intake but still like a full bodied beverage.
Tea also provides health benefits not found in coffee and is a great addition to anyones diet. One cup of pu-erh tea with each meal has shown to stimulate weight loss. Drink 1 cup with each meal for one month and decide for yourself. Tea will balance the bodys systems and stimulate a more functional metabolism.
Puer teas come in loose leaf and compressed forms. The loose leaf is easy to measure and generally milder tasting. The compressed Pingchas and brick tea are usually more hearty tasting.
The pu-erh lover will enjoy these special cakes, although a newcomer to pu-erh may find these aged teas robust. Some enjoy drinking pu-erh tea initially, for others the deep red liquids mellow taste is an acquired one.
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