One of my favorite beverages to drink here in Shanghai is Pu’er tea, a special Chinese tea grown in Yunnan province. My mother brews it every night and it’s a nice beverage to relax with in front of the TV or with a book. It has a particular advantage over other teas because it doesn’t have any caffeine in it to disrupt your sleep.
However, Pu’er Tea is more than just a relaxing and yummy beverage. It has several beneficial properties, the most famous being its ability to increase weight loss. The tea is thought to increase your metabolism, and while there’s not a whole of research that’s been done to back it up, the tea has been shown to increase weight loss in rats. Now I would take that worth a grain of salt and I certainly wouldn’t base my entire weight loss regime on tea, but it’s definitely a healthful beverage that you can keep at hand.
Especially since Pu’er tea is scientifically proven to help decrease cholesterol. Studies have shown that the tea inhibits the synthesis of cholesterol. Pu’er tea also has antimicrobial properties, meaning it inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria.
Pu’er tea comes in various states, like loose leaf or its famous brick form, and can be bought at various price points. Some Pu’er tea can be very expensive, but more affordable options can be just as healthful. Just be sure to pay attention to the expiration date of the tea and, once you’ve purchased your tea, store it appropriately in a dry place.
You can purchase Pu’er tea at almost any Chinese grocery store and at some large grocery chains in the U.S., such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.