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Try Chinese Pu-erh Tea for Healthy Blood and Tissue

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Today, research has suggested that pu-erh tea can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, attack free radicals, and protect connective tissue.

Do you take tea or coffee? If you live in the United States, chances are you take coffee. But after you hear about this special tea from China's Yunnan Province, you might think twice about choosing beans over leaves.

Pu-erh, or Yunnan Tuocha, is a tea that has been cultivated in China for as many as 2,200 years. Traditionally, it was used to treat "internal dampness", which is an old Chinese way of describing the build up of bodily energy that occurs when the spleen cannot transform the energy it gets from the stomach. Additionally, it was used to remove toxins, cure dysentery, support weight loss, improve eyesight, promote blood circulation and ease hangovers.

Pu-erh Studies

Today, research has suggested that pu-erh tea can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, attack free radicals, and protect connective tissue.

A study conducted at the Wun-Shan Branch Tea Research and Extension Station in Taipei, Taiwan analyzed the effects of green, black, oolong, and cooked/black pu-erh teas on cholesterol levels in rats. The findings showed that rats who ate cooked pu-erh tea leaves increased their HDL cholesterol and decreased their LDL cholesterol. Rats who ate the other tea types experienced a decrease in both cholesterol types.

Kunming Medical College in China conducted a two-month study comparing the effects on cholesterol of pu-erh tea and conventional cholesterol medication. There were 86 participants, each of whom had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels. 55 of the 86 people took pu-erh tea three times a day. The other 31 took half a gram of PCIB, a cholesterol lowering drug, three times a day. At the end of the trial period, the tea drinkers displayed a 64.29 percent decrease in their blood cholesterol levels. The PCIB actually came out a little better, reducing the blood cholesterol levels of the participants by 66.67 percent. However, the tea achieved close to the same results, and did so without the use of chemicals.

A 2006 study suggested that pu-erh tea offers anti-cancerous and anti-aging capabilities by protecting connective tissue and attacking free radicals.

Purchasing Pu-erh Tea

In order for the tea to be made properly, the leaves are put through a maturation process that turns them into a form of rough tea. The rough tea is then either pressed into cakes, or artificially aged by 30 to 40 days of fermentation after being turned, splashed with water, and then covered with cloth. Before this artificial process was developed, the tea was pressed raw and allowed to ferment for 100 years. The tea cakes are called raw or green pu-erh, and the fermented tea is called cooked or black pu-erh. As with any sought after food or drink, pu-erh tea has been copied by various merchants. If you want to be sure that you are buying genuine pu-erh tea, follow these tips as a guide:

  • Go through only a reputable tea house or merchant
  • Be certain that the tea is from the Chinese province of Yunnan
  • Read the packaging to ensure that it says the tea comes from wild da ye or broad leaf tea trees
  • Understand that real pu-erh tea may be expensive

Pu-erh tea might help your body fight off free radicals, cancer, abnormal cholesterol, and even aging. Keep your eyes open for this invigorating drink!


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