Puerh Tea for Metabolic Syndrome: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity
Did you know there is a medical term for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity together? Metabolic syndrome. It affects as much as one in four adults in the UK, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels.
The most common symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome are: increased waist circumference, high ‘bad cholesterol’ and low ‘good cholesterol’, consistently high blood pressure, insulin resistance, increased risk to develop clots and a tendency to inflammation in the body. Visit the NHS website for details.
Lifestyle is key in the prevention or reversal of metabolic syndrome: keep a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, stay active, if you smoke – stop and limit your alcohol consumption.
And drink tea! Puerh tea.
Recent research investigating the health benefits of Puerh tea suggests a link between the active ingredients and reduced fats in the blood stream, increased good cholesterol, reduced weight gain, weight loss and regulation in blood sugar. Dosages and specific effects of individual plant chemicals in Puerh are still being researched, but studies so far are encouraging.
Puerh is a compressed, aged, post-fermented tea made from varietals of Camelia sinensis assamica. It is grown and processed in Yunnan, Southern China. The leaves are processed into two main types of tea: raw – Sheng Puerh and cooked – Shou Puerh, and there are distinct differences between their effects.
You can get beautiful organic loose leaf Puerh from Elixir Tea, either the raw Yunnan Peak or the cooked Hidden Amber. Elixir teas are produced by a fairtrade tea cooperative in Yunnan, Southern China, and are wild-harvested and hand-processed. Quality is important because, even though you can have this cuppa for enjoyment, you are after its health benefits. Elixir teas can actually be recommended in line with your Chinese medical diagnosis. Talk to me if you already see me for acupuncture and aren’t sure which tea to choose, and click on the links above or the images below to read about each tea.
Visit the Elixir Tea website to find out more about the health benefits of Puerh and the range of teas available. Watch their informative videos on how to prepare your Elixir tea. How you make your tea can make a difference to your enjoyment and appreciation of it.
Studies on the bioactivity of aqueous extract of pu-erh tea and its fractions: in vitro antioxidant activity and α-glycosidase inhibitory property, and their effect on postprandial hyperglycemia in diabetic mice. Huang et al. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2013
Effect of pu-erh tea on body fat and lipid profiles in rats with diet-induced obesity.
Cao ZH et al. Phytotherapy Research, 2011
The effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate on thermogenesis and fat oxidation in obese men: a pilot study. Boschmann M, et al. J Am Coll Nutr. 2007
Comparative studies on the hypolipidemic and growth suppressive effects of oolong, black, pu-erh, and green tea leaves in rats. Kuo KL, et al. J Agric Food Chem. 2005