bonescwa wrote:The only science I've heard on the subject is suppression of fatty acid synthase in the liver of rats, preventing triglyceride and cholesterol synthesis. The catechin, caffeine, and theanine compounds are proposed to be responsible for the effect. Anecdotally, I can tell you that if I'm drinking puerh daily, my appetite is stimulated and I probably eat more and I've heard that from others. I would assume that younger tea may have higher concentrations of the compounds listed above so younger tea would have a larger effect.
djtanng wrote:Does all the stuff I read about pu-erh, like shrinking fat, helping with digestion and lowering cholesterol, refer to sheng (raw) pu-erh or shu (ripe) pu-erh? If I drink a one year old raw pu-erh, am I getting all of the health benefits from it that pu-erh has become known for?
AllanK wrote:I think there is a digestive benefit to ripe puerh, but that is only my opinion from what I have experienced. It is however, somewhat minor, a tonic to your digestive process, not a cure for any disease. If drinking any tea could really cure disease, half the world would be healthier.
PurplePotato wrote:I like to think of drinking a cup of tea each day as akin to eating a carrot each day. for most people (the occasional person may have some sort of sensitivity to carrots or tea) just as eating a carrot is healthy, so is drinking a cup of tea. However, just as it would be silly to associate a single carrot as having any specific health benefits, it would also be silly to associate tea with having specific health benefits.
What matters, as some others have said, is the whole diet. The whole diet can be expected to have specific health benefits. Both the carrot and the cup of tea are probably helping, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.