Pu-Erh Lowers Cholesterol
Help Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart with Pu’erh Tea
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang
Sure, tea is a tasty beverage, but did you know it also has extraordinary healing properties? The popularity of tea is booming these days, coming in second place next only to water as the most popular beverage in the world.
There are a bonanza of incredible teas available to us, including black, oolong, green, white—and most notably pu’erh. What’s that? Never heard of pu’erh tea? Well, the academic and medical community certainly has, and they have been taking a very real interest in its ability to help lower cholesterol and protect the heart, amongst other health benefits.
Let’s find out what makes this tea so special, and why those interested in a heart-healthy lifestyle should be drinking this tea now.
Not Just Your Average Cup of Tea
You may not know much about pu’erh tea just yet, but the Chinese sure do—they have been drinking it for centuries. Consumed by rich and poor alike, drinking pu’erh tea is said to be like being a part of the Royal family. Pu’erh tea is a fermented and aged dark tea from the Chinese province of Yunnan.
This special tea variety has also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for generations for a wide variety of reasons, including its unique ability to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.
Pu’erh Tea and Heart Disease
The health benefits of pu’erh tea have caught the attention of many researchers—and for good reason. Studies have shown that pu’erh may play a promising role in the prevention of heart disease.
The tea was shown to contain small amounts of lovastatin—one of the most effective chemicals to lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol—helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
Additionally, in a study on the oxidative damage and nitric oxide scavenging of various types of tea, pu’erh tea was found to have a higher antioxidant profile than green, oolong, and black tea. What that means is a stronger ability to protect against heart disease.
This is a significant discovery, as 1.6 million Canadians are estimated to be living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke, every year more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease or stroke, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation states that about “80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable by adopting healthy behaviours.”
Treat Your Taste Buds and Heart to Pu’erh Tea
Pu’erh is gaining in popularity recently, making it easier now more than ever for you to give this trend a try. There are many different varieties to choose from, but for the highest quality tea, make sure you’re dealing with a reliable vendor. 6 Mountains Pu Erh Tea carefully sources out their pu’erh tea, so you can feel confident that you are getting only the finest quality.
If you are a tea aficionado like me, or are simply in the mood to try a unique fermented tea, get brewing. You’ll love the taste and enjoy all the heart-healthy benefits that come with this truly remarkable ancient tea.
Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 15 years of clinical practice and a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. In addition to using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, supplements, biopuncture, and nutrition to treat pain, digestive issues, stress, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and more, Dr.Carr is also a natural health and nutrition consultant, lecturer, and writer. www.activetcm.com.