Pu-Erh tea is a type of black tea that is fermented, giving it a unique flavor and health benefits that you wouldn't find in other teas. First developed in the Yunnan province of China it has been used as and prized for the health benefits for thousands of years.
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Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic SyndromeOne of the touted benefits of pu-erh tea is its ability to lower cholesterol. A study published in the journal “Experimental Gerontology” in 2009 found that rats given pu-erh tea saw a profound reduction in LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and an increase in cardioprotective HDL cholesterol. Pu'erh tea has also shown great benefit for people suffering from metabolic syndrome – a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease which include high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high fasting blood sugar, high triglycerides and abdominal obesity. Researchers at Beijing University discovered that pu'erh tea appears to treat metabolic syndrome by improving obesity, beneficially adjusting blood lipids, lowering blood sugar and preventing oxidation of cholesterol plaque.
Antioxidant PropertiesThe antioxidant actions of pu'erh may also make it useful in treating tumors, according to in vitro research published in the “International Journal of Molecular Science” in 2011. Researchers discovered that pu'erh tea inhibited tumor growth through a variety of mechanisms, indicating that it may have the same capabilities in humans. There has been a great deal of research on the antioxidant effects of green tea, but fewer studies have been conducted on pu'erh. Research published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” in 2004, however, showed that pu'erh tea exhibited a similar amount of antioxidant activity as green, black and oolong teas.
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