Pu-erh is a tea that has been used in China by the herbalist due to its significant benefits for a long time. Its leaves are composed of compound flavonoids, catechins, and theaflavin which have a high concentration of antioxidants benefits. Some of the advantages associated with these compounds include increased metabolism which in return speeds up the process of fat burning, reduces stress and heavy consumption from the process of cell repair.
Where does Pu-erh tea come from?
Well, pure Pu-erh tea is made from the large leaf subspecies Camellia sinensis var.assamica which is grown in a province found in the southwestern part of China called Yunnan, an area shared by Han Chinese and other several ethnic minority groups such as Burma and Laos. Pu-erh is a tea that is highly favored as it is among the most recognized and approved teas in China and hence the government ensures that the only pure and original tea is sold by setting rules and regulations in manufacturing it.
Meaning and pronunciation of Pu-erh
The original meaning of "Pu" means 'general' or 'universal' while "Erh" is named after a lake found in the Yunnan province in southern China. Therefore the two terms represent the region in which Pu-erh tea is made.
The first word “PU” is pronounced as it is written in English with a pitch rising at the end in the form of a question. The second character “erh” is pronounced as the first two words of the word army i.e. ” ar” but make sure that the tone is a bit lower than the final pitch of the first syllable.
Unique Features of Pu-erh tea.
Pu-erh tea is the most oxidized tea which has been in existence longer than other teas, and it is expensive as well. The tea can stay for years as it becomes even better with time, unlike other teas which stale after some time. If you're lucky, you can find Pu-erh tea which is over 50 years old - but the older it is, the more dollars it will cost you. Another unique trait is that plants grown in Yunnan province have relatively large and soft leaves which shoot from large and tough stems.
These features make the present Pu-erh tea to be more expensive as compared to the ancient ones.
Benefits of Pu-erh teas.
Helps reduce cholesterol.
Studies show that pu-erh tea can be used to make lovastatin in the form of synthetic used to treat patients who have a high percentage of cholesterol in their bodies. Also, continuous use of pu-erh tea has been shown to help in lowering the LDL also known as bad cholesterol and in return increase the good cholesterols in the body.
Acts as an antioxidant.
Pu-erh is packed with antioxidant properties. According to a study carried out and published by International Journal of Molecular Science in 2011, the researchers stated that Pu-erh tea has the capability of hiding the tumor growth using various mechanisms functions as the same as a human being.
Helps to reduce stress and promote sleep
Although the tea has caffeine which is known to stop one from getting enough sleep, the presence of compound GABA and theanine helps reduce stress and in return increases the production of natural melatonin in the brain which is responsible for improving sleep.
How To Drink Pu-Erh Tea
Raw or non-fermented form
This type of Pu-erh tea is not manufactured in pills form which is also referred to as a non-fermented form. Therefore, the leaves are harvested and kept naturally. The tea retains its natural smell and freshness as well. For the first time consumer, they may find that the tea is bitter when you sip it but has a sweet aftertaste.
Ripe or fermented form
This type of tea is also referred to as Pu-erh Shu. The tea is processed in the form of piling whereby it makes the tea to have a bolder and more flavored taste due to the additives included in the process. It has a mild taste and an earthy smell to it which is due to the processing. The leaves change their color to yellow and have a mellow flavor to them as well.
How much caffeine does Pu-erh tea have?
Pu-erh tea has caffeine due to the fermentation process, but the more it is kept, the more the caffeine levels rises. Therefore the content of caffeine of the tea you are drinking depends on how long the tea powder has stayed.
How does Pu-erh tea taste?
Well, we cannot conclude that Pu-erh tea has a constant taste. This is because the taste changes as the tea stay in other words how the tea tasted last year will not be the same taste now as the tea has fermented and therefore the taste changes as well.
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