A number of studies have been conducted in Taiwan and China looking at the health-affecting properties of pu-erh tea. And even better, due to pu-erh’s perceived health benefits, it has rapidly increased in popularity in East and Southeast Asia so yet more studies are being performed to further understand why and how pu-erh is good for health.
Since the primary ingredient in Belight is pu-erh, I thought it’d be worth sharing some of these.
Here are a few of the important health-enhancing effects these studies turned up:
- Pu-erh, and tea in general, has a metal-binding ability and offers prevention and protection against oxidative damage (i.e. is an antioxidant). Published in J. Agric. Food Chem., 2004.
- Pu-erh shows activity of reducing diabetes and blood fats. Published in the Journal of Tea Science.
- Pu-erh has naturally-occurring statins (statins lower blood cholesterol). This same study showed the pu-erh statins decrease the incidence of major coronary and cerebrovascular events; this may be due to its hypolipidemic (blood fat lowering) and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects are more pronounced in aged teas, like pu-erh (than in young, like green tea). In the case of pu-erh, this is because it is fermented with S. bacillaris or S. cinereus, which enhances the color and content of statin, GABA, and polyphenols. Published in J. Agric. Food Chem., 2007.
- A study conducted on rats, comparing a control group and a group fed pu-erh tea leaves found that the pu’er tea-fed rats gained less weight, and had lower levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol than the control group. This is because pu-erh tea suppresses fatty acid synthase expression in the rat’s liver. Published in Oncology Research Featuring Preclinical and Clinical Cancer Therapeutics.
- When comparing pu-erh, black, oolong, and green teas, pu-erh was across the board the leader. Oolong and pu-erh tea are better at suppressing body weights and lowering triglyceride levels than green or black tea. Green tea and pu-erh are more efficient at lowering total cholesterol than black or oolong. As for the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad), pu-erh had a positive effect on the ratio, by raising good, while the other teas reduced all of them. Published in J. Agric. Food Chem., 2005.
All of that is good news for tea, pu-erh, tea drinkers, Belight, and Belight tea drinkers! Especially the part about suppressing weight and fat gain. I think we can all be grateful for the potential for pu’er tea’s impact on our health.
Won’t you drink to your health?