Pu-erh or pu-er is a tea not well known to the western hemisphere. It’s health benefits however are well known to the east. Made primarily in the Yunnan province of china, Pu-erh is a fermented green tea, containing microorganism’s that help aid in digestion and help the body regulate healthy bacteria within the digestive system Pu-erh also has these added health benefits:
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Increases oxygen to the major organs while at the same time oxidizing the blood.
- Lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and raises HDL or “good” chelesterol.
- Aides in weight loss through shrinking of fat cells.
- eliminates “hang over” symptoms from over consumption of alcohol
As anyone would agree these are simply amazing qualities in a beverage. Pu-erh tea has an abundant amount of antioxidants, helping the body fight against free radicals and other pollutants. Although pu-erh’s taste is quite a bit different than “green” or “red” varieties, it is an “acquired” taste and will surely grow on you.
Pu-erh can be purchased online from many vendors, As well as purchased at specialty tea stores or herbal shops/grocery stores located within your local china town or Asian market. The best Pu-erh tea will be one in “brick” or tea “cake” form. Brick Pu-erh looks just like a brick while cake Pu-erh looks round and has an indentation in the center of the cake. Remember to make sure the package contains exported from Yunnan, which will help one determine they are purchasing legitimate Pu-erh.
Pu-erh’s price ranges from ten dollars a tea cake to upwards of one hundred dollars or more. This is because in China Pu-erh is looked upon the same way a fine wine is in France, or Italy. This is due to the taste and micro-bacteria contents from the amount of of time it is fermented. For example a tea aged for two years compared to a tea aged for ten or even fifteen years. Pu-erh tea is an extremely unique and healthy tea. It is my tea of choice, and I hope you will be inspired to give it a try. Branch out and try some Pu-erh as an alternative to lowering your blood pressure, losing weight or just for overall feeling of “wellness”