You will be amazed by this tea the minute you read about its benefits!
Pu-erh tea is a unique type of fermented tea that’s traditionally made in the Yunnan Province of China. It’s made from the leaves of a tree known as the “wild old tree,” which grows in the region.
Even though pu-erh tea resembles other types of fermented tea like kombucha, pu-erh tea is different because the leaves themselves are fermented rather than brewed. Pu-erh is usually sold in compressed “cakes” of tea leaves, but you can also find it as loose tea.
What are the benefits of pu-erh tea?
It may promote weight loss
Even though more research is needed, test-tube studies have shown that pu-erh tea may help synthesize fewer new fats while burning more stored body fat — which can lead to weight loss.
It improves cholesterol
Pu-erh tea extracts may help reduce cholesterol levels in two ways:
First, it can increase how much dietary-fat-bound bile acid is excreted in the feces, this way, the fat’s not absorbed into your bloodstream. Second, it can decrease fat accumulation as animal studies had shown. Together, these effects can decrease heart disease risk
It may boost liver health
Because it can help decrease fat accumulation, pu-erh tea may help prevent or reverse nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a disease in which excess fat accumulates in your liver. More research is needed as it had only been tested on animals. Another animal study also found that pu-erh tea extract may protect the liver from damage caused by the chemotherapy drug cisplatin.
Are there any side effects?
Depending on the strength of the brew, pu-erh tea can contain 30–100 mg of caffeine per cup which can lead to some side effects.
Most people can tolerate up to 400 mg of caffeine daily, but some of the side effects of excessive caffeine can include:
- changes to your heart’s rhythm
- diarrhea or excessive urination
Because fermented foods may affect your gut bacteria concentrations, pu-erh tea may also affect your digestion and potentially cause some digestive upset.