Top 5 Health Benefits of Pu-Erh Tea!

How do you like your tea? If you like it strong, then you should give pu-erh tea a try. Pu-er or pu-erh, sometimes referred to as brick dark tea, originated in China and is known for its deep, rich and earthy flavour. The Pu-erh tea leaves are fermented and stored afterwards to undergo a post-fermentation process, this is where the magic happens. Read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Pu-Erh Tea!

1. Weight loss aid
Had enough of green tea? No problem! Pu-erh tea is a great alternative for those interested in weight loss, similar to green tea. The compounds in the tea help to speed up the metabolism and fat burning process.

2. Antioxidant
Catechins found in tea are named natural antioxidants. These, broadly speaking, help with reducing the damage of caused by stress, be it physical, emotional or mental stress. So now, your cuppa can not only help you slow down and be more mindful but the compounds in it are health promoting too.

3. Improves digestion
Historically, Pu-erh tea is known for its effect on digestion. It is thought to increase blood flow to the intestines and help to regulate bowel movements. Having a cup after a meal or between meals promotes better digestion.

4. Mental sharpness
Pu-erh contains caffeine like green tea or black tea. So, if you’ve thought about reducing your coffee intake, pu-erh might be an alternative. The strength depends on the amount of tea leaves you leave to brew and so this flexibility might make it easier for you reach for pu-erh tea instead of a cup of coffee to counter that 4pm energy slump.

5. Relaxation
Have you ever wondered why drinking a cup of tea makes you feel more relaxed? It is because of L-theanine, an amino acid which is found in tea, promotes relaxation. Pu-erh does contain lower amounts of it than green tea, for example, but don’t let that put you off. Tea drinking rituals have been practiced for centuries and the meditative effects of it are well observed.

By now it is obvious that Pu-erh can be a great alternative to possibly overused green tea. The taste of Pu-erh might be a little unusual since it may take time to accustom yourself to it and appreciate its earthy flavour. It’s a major player among other traditional Chinese teas. Like a particular Chinese tea? Tell us about it below or @ KeepfitKingdom ! 

Vesta Simkute

Vesta is currently studying to complete her MSc Nutrition in Practice degree. She loves thinking, talking and learning about food and nutrition by experimenting in the kitchen or exploring the science side of it. The focus of her own eating philosophy is natural produce and simplicity. Once qualified as a Nutritionist she aims to inspire and empower people to create a sustainable diet that optimises their health.

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