Pu-erh green tea is enjoyed by the Chinese and is commonly referred to as “the Dim Sum” tea due to its popular use as a digestive aid after eating heavy or greasy meals. This particular grade of Pu-erh is ripe and has been aged 15-30 years.
“Pu-erh tea contains caffeine, although not as much caffeine as other teas. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles. Pu-erh tea also contains antioxidants and other substances that might help protect the heart and blood vessels. There is interest in using pu-erh tea for lowering cholesterol because, unlike other teas, it contains small amounts of a chemical called lovastatin. Lovastatin is a prescription medicine used for lowering cholesterol. Investigators think that bacteria that sometimes contaminate pu-erh tea may somehow make the lovastatin in the course of their normal life cycle. Animal research suggests that pu-erh tea might lower certain blood fats called triglycerides as well as total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It might also raise “good” high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.”
Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.