Red tea or Pu-erh is known as the tea of the emperors. It is one of the few teas that the Chinese government has designated as a product of protected origin and has been used for a long time for its extraordinary benefits.
Although there are also some contraindications of red tea that are worth considering before incorporating it into our list of favorite infusions.
What is red tea?
Red tea or Pu-erh is produced mainly in the Yunnan district, in the southwestern part of China. It is made of leaves and stems of the plant Camellia sinensis, the same plant that is used to make other outstanding teas such as green, oolong, bancha, kukicha and black tea.
Although the same plant source is used, different teas are achieved using different processing and harvesting processes. Let's see what is the process that differentiates red tea or Pu erh and its properties.
How red tea is made
Processing of red tea includes fermentation and then prolonged storage, or "aging", under high humidity.
This fermentation process gives it a characteristic flavor and aroma. As it also provides wonderful healing properties. Red tea Pu-erh aged for a longer period of time, tastes better.
The leaves go through different stages, first they are steamed and then compressed under heavy weights in a variety of shapes, such as cakes, square bricks and small concave circles.
This technique of the Ming Dynasty was originally developed to make tea easier to transport over long distances, currently used for teas that need aging, such as red tea.
What is the use of red tea and how it works in our body
Red tea or Pu-erh contains high levels of polyphenols (flavonoids, catechins and theaflavin), which are known for their antioxidant activity. These powerful chemicals provide properties that accelerate fat burning and reduce stress and heavy metal consumption due to the cellular repair compounds found inside.
Theanine and flavonoids found in red tea provide important benefits, as they help digestion after meals by acting as a sponge and an accelerator to burn fat.
Red tea also contains caffeine, which acts by stimulating the central nervous system, heart and muscles.
Properties of red tea
The properties of red tea make this tea a favorite for diets and for other body enhancements, appearance and health.
Can red tea lower cholesterol?
The interest in using red tea or pu-erh to reduce cholesterol has increased considerably. Red tea, unlike other teas, contains small amounts of a chemical called lovastatin.
Some scientists think that the bacteria produced in the fermentation process of red tea or pu-erh tea, can somehow create lovastatin in the course of its normal life cycle.
Several research suggest that red tea may decrease certain fats in the blood, the famous triglycerides, as well as total low-density lipoproteins and help lower cholesterol "Bad" (LDL). It could also raise the "good" cholesterol of high density lipoprotein (HDL).
Other properties of red tea
- Increase alertness and concentration. Due to its high dose of caffeine allows us to stay longer on alert and gives us more time for concentration. One of the benefits of red tea is that it is less harmful than coffee.
- Diuretic. Red tea is an excellent ally when it comes to removing fluid, and at the same time it helps prevent retention.
- Detoxify Its millennial and recognized blood cleansing effect, helps the elimination of toxins and heavy metals from our bloodstream.
- It helps you lose weight. By eliminating fluids and toxins, as well as counteracting bad fats in the blood, it is an excellent ally to lose weight.
- Help in the digestive processes. From my personal experience, if you drink red tea after meals (especially this Christmas) this will benefit your body.
- It prevents illnesses. Its high capacity to clean and its high load of antioxidants, give red tea ability to reduce and eliminate free radicals from our system.
How much red tea can I consume?
Red tea is a natural product with a high caffeine content, so it is recommended not to consume more than 2-3 cups per day, although this recommendation is also subject to the age and health of the consumer.
You should bear in mind, that natural products are not always necessarily safe and doses can be important.
Contraindications of red tea
It is necessary to take into account the contraindications of red tea, since being an infusion with a considerable contribution of caffeine and thein to the organism, it can cause us:
- Alterations of the nervous system
- It should not be consumed much during pregnancy
- It can interact with other medications causing adverse effects.
Red tea is undoubtedly a wonderful millenary drink that should be incorporated into our lives, have you tried red tea?