Pu-Erh Tea is named after Pu’er City, the trading post for dark tea during the imperial China.
WHAT IS PU-ERH TEA?
Pu-Erh Tea is “Dark or Black Tea” and different to “Red Tea” which the Western world calls “Black Tea”.
I first heard about Pu-Erh tea from Tim Ferriss and have recently started to experiment with it as my chosen mid morning Caffeine fix.
How is Pu-Erh Tea made?
The tea is made by the microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled.
Fermentation and maturation of the tea is a gradual process with the beneficial effects and flavour improving with time.
Only tea like Pu-Erh has under gone this microbial processing and can correctly be called a fermented tea.
Western “Black Tea” has undergone only a large scale oxidation via the naturally occurring plant enzymes.
What are the benefits of Pu-Erh Tea?
Well, a recent study published in “Clinical Investigations in Aging” has shown that:
“The consumption of Pu-Erh tea is linked to a reduction in overall non lean body weight, even in the absence of any dietary restrictions.”
A random double blind study was carried out on 59 over weight or mildly obese subjects, after taking baseline readings of fasting cholesterol levels.
The group were told to consume 3g/day of Pu-Erh tea for 20 weeks.
A “Dragon Pearl” is a small ball of rolled tea and contains between 5 and 10 grams of tea.
So, at 4 week intervals, blood lipids, C-reactive protein and fasting blood glucose levels were evaluated and the groups also had their body composition monitored via regular DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry).
Appetite and mental and physical energy levels were also scored on a scale of 0-100.
The result of the Pu-Erh Tea Trial?
Well the results showed that consumption of Pu-Erh Tea is associated with statistically significant weight loss.
To a lesser degree it has also been shown to:
- Lower Cholesterol, as the fermentation process creates a natural lovastatin.
- Cleanse the blood of toxins.
- Aid in digestion by encouraging a healthy gut flora.
- Prevent illness due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Well it certainly looks like this tea is worth giving a go.
It does have a very earthy almost peaty taste, kind of like Yerba Mate but less smoky so may not be to everybody’s taste.
I would say that, for me at least, this tea did have a similar effect to peppermint tea, with regards to settling the stomach and taking a cup before bed did seem to have a noticeable effect on my quality of sleep.
So I hope you have found my quick overview of Pu-Erh tea useful.
It would be great to hear your opinions on Pu-Erh tea in the comments below.
Will you be trying it out as a sleep aid?
I know I will..
Wishing you Health and Happiness.