What are the Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea?
Should you use pu erh tea for weight loss? Does it really help with fat burning and slimming? These are the million dollar questions – whether it’s being asked about pu erh tea or any other tea or product. Everyone is looking for the miracle cure, the silver bullet, the “yes, this is it!” And I think the main reason is that most of us want an easy, “pop a pill” solution that doesn’t cost anything in time, money or in changing of lifestyle habits and daily activities such as diet, exercise and sleep. Note: Don’t worry, this is not going to turn into a major rant on improving your lifestyle and bad habits. But hey let’s face it, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and other issues associated with being overweight are all major problem in today’s Western society. It is a lifestyle problem that usually takes years to develop and most likely cannot be cured, or gotten rid of by any quick fix product.
Pu erh Tea Health Benefits – So where’s the scientific proof?
The fact is, as of 2016 there is no conclusive scientific proof that pu erh tea (sometime written as pur erh tea, puer tea or pu-erh tea) does make you lose weight – at least I haven’t found any and I would appreciate it if anyone can provide me with some clear cut scientific proof. But there have been many tests and much research done over the years, and continues to be done, and through this there are pretty good indications that regularly drinking pu erh tea can indeed help to promote weight loss. For example Wikipedia notes the following “Scientific studies report that consumption of pu-erh tea leaves significantly suppressed the expression of fatty acid synthase (FAS) in the livers of rats; gains in body weight, levels of triacylglycerol, and total cholesterol were also suppressed. The compositions of chemical components found to have been responsible for these effects (catechins, caffeine, and theanine) varied dramatically between pu-erh, black, oolong, and green teas. Specific mechanisms through which chemicals in pu-erh tea inhibit the biosynthesis of cholesterol in the laboratory have been suggested, such as polyphenols. Small amounts of the cholesterol-reducing drug lovastatin have been measured in ripe tea samples.“
However it concludes the article by saying “Pu erh tea is widely sold, by itself or in blends, with unsubstantiated claims that it promotes loss of body weight in humans.
For your reference here are some links to some research and studies that have been done on tea and specifically pu erh tea:
Any other proof?
So where do we look for proof? Well I like to look to things like the results in other people’s lives, the results in my personal experience, the overwhelming compelling evidence out there and sometimes just plain common sense like seeing the obvious and feeling good about it. It doesn’t always need to come from a science laboratory to be right.
It feels right!
For example, enjoying a nice cup of pu erh tea after a heavy meal of oily foods just feel good and feels like I am being kind to my body. Or waking up after a big night out and getting started next morning with a nice cup of pu erh tea or GABA oolong tea feels like I getting started on the right track. And making a choice to bring out some great tasting Oriental Beauty Oolong tea to share with friends who visit – instead of a soda or other unhealthy drink choice, makes for a healthier conversation as well as body metabolism.
Just try it!
Usually my best advice to anyone asking about health benefits of pu erh tea – or any tea, is to give it a try. But a part of “giving it try” is also to be nice to yourself and find some good tasting tea and learn how to brew it properly so you can enjoy the experience. Nowadays there are a lot of specialty tea shops around that sell good quality tea and you do not need to feel that you just need to drink tea because it is healthy – treating it more like an unpleasant medicine that you need to “take” rather than a great drink to enjoy.
Global Overweight comparison – East vs West
I refer to Western society above because obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and other issues associated with being overweight are much more prevalent there than in Asian societies. And this is one of the reasons why I believe tea – and in particular pu erh tea and green tea – does help with weight loss. Because Asians drink a lot more of it and are overall slimmer and normal in weight than the average Westerner. Now of course, it is not only about tea and diet plays a big part, and maybe even DNA. But the data is pretty convincing.
Pu erh tea + eating well and exercising regularly will work wonders!
So does pu erh help weight loss? It can definitely play a part! However, it’s obviously also about developing good lifestyle habits such as healthy eating and exercising. I believe that anyone who is currently overweight and sincerely commits to taking some steps to live a healthier lifestyle and also incorporates pu–erh tea in his or her “new lifestyle” program will see wonderful changes – not only in better health and weight loss, but in many other ways such as increased confidence, positivity and generally feeling better about themselves. How good is that!