Pu-erh or Puerh or 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. Pu-erh tea is made from the leaves and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is used for making green, oolong, and black teas. Pu-erh Tea undergoes a long period of aging for better flavor. This particular grade of Pu-erh has been aged for 15-30 years.
How to Re-Brew Pu-erh:
Zen’s Pu-erh can be brewed 5-7 times per teaspoon, so be sure to not throw away the tea leaves! After the first brew, add 1-2 minutes for every brew that follows. For example the second brew can be brewed for 2-3 minutes, the third brew can be brewed for 4-5 minutes, etc.
What is Green Tea?
It surprises many people new to tea to learn that green tea and black tea originate from the same exact plant species—Camellia sinensis. It’s ultimately the variety of tea plant and how the tea leaves are processed that defines how green tea becomes “green” and black tea becomes “black”. Green tea, also known as unoxidized tea, is made solely from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are plucked, slightly withered, then immediately cooked to preserve the green quality and prevent oxidization (a process that black tea goes though). As a result of these methods, green teas have a much higher concentration of chlorophyll, polyphenols, and antioxidants than other tea types. A brewed green tea is typically green, yellow or light brown in color.
Benefits of Ceylon Green Tea:
- reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- helps to prevents many types of cancer: lung, colon, esophagus, mouth, stomach, small intestine, kidney, pancreas, and mammary glands 
- contains antioxidants: rich in polyphenols, such as catechins and gallic acid, as well as other antioxidants like carotenoids and ascorbic acid
- promotes good of oral health
- helps body weight control-
- helps lower cholesterol
For More Information:
“Green tea is a ‘non-fermented’ tea, and contains more catechins, than black tea or oolong tea. Catechins are in vitro and in vivo strong antioxidants. In addition, its content of certain minerals and vitamins increases the antioxidant potential of this type of tea…Recent human studies suggest that green tea may contribute to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, as well as to the promotion of oral health and other physiological functions such as anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power.” Beneficial effects of green tea–a review.
“Green tea contains a unique set of catechins that possess biological activity in antioxidant, anti-angiogenesis, and antiproliferative assays potentially relevant to the prevention and treatment of various forms of cancer…Synergistic properties of green tea extracts with other sources of polyphenolic constituents are increasingly recognized as being potentially important to the medicinal benefits of black and green teas.” Medicinal Benefits of Green Tea: Part I. Review of Noncancer Health Benefits
“The major components of interest are the polyphenols which are responsible for the antioxidant and other health benefits of green tea. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids. The four major flavonoids in green tea are the catechins, epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG) and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Epigallocatechin gallate is viewed as the most significant active component… There is also a wide range of uses for green tea in diabetes, exercise enhancement, inflammatory bowel disease, skin disorders, hair loss, weight loss and iron overload.” Green tea: Health benefits
“Caffeine, theanine, theaflavins, theobromine, theophylline, and phenolic acids are found in green tea.3 In vitro, animal, and human studies suggest that the polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants with antimutagenic, antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hypocholesterolemic properties.” Green Tea: Potential Health Benefits
A study evaluated the influence of a green tea catechin beverage on body composition and fat distribution in overweight and obese adults during exercise-induced weight loss. The findings of this study suggest that consumption of a beverage containing green tea catechins (625 mg/d) may enhance exercise-induced loss of abdominal fat. Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults
“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.” Benefits of Pu-erh
Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.