The use of Keemun tea for its health effects is pretty much the same as the health benefits of other black tea varieties. Keemun tea is abundant in antioxidants that help protect its drinkers from many ailments and diseases.
Keemun tea is a type of black tea that is native to Qimen County, in the Anhui Province of China.
Keemun tea comes from a sub-variety of camellia sinensis plant which is named zhu-ye-zhing. This sub-variant contains a unique essential oil, myrcenal, plus certain aromatic elements. Keemun tea grows best in a mountainous area with a forest cover, with colder temperature, high moisture and frequent fog, an atmosphere that’s very prevalent in the Anhui province.
Keemun tea possesses a distinctive flavor that’s a combination of fruity, sweet, mellow and smoky tastes. It also has hints of dried plum, pine, and floral essences.
Keemun tea was first made in 1875 by a dismissed civil servant named Yu Quianchen. He traveled to Fujian province after he took an interest in the production of black tea. He introduced black tea production in Anhui which was then producing only a non-remarkable type of green tea. The resulting keemun tea proved to be quite popular and it soon made its way outside China, to England and other parts of Europe. Keemun subsequently became an important component of Keemun Tea.
There are several different varieties of keemun tea. Among them are:
- Keemun Mao Feng – comes from slightly twisted leaf buds, usually steeped at 7 minutes or longer.
- Keemun Hao Ya – comes from fine buds, considered highest grade.
- Keemun Xin Ya – said to be less bitter than other varieties.
- Keemun Congou – has a floral fragrance and an enduring aftertaste.
The active constituents of keemun tea are similar to those of other black tea varieties. It contains substantial amounts of antioxidants such as polyphenols and catechins that make it a robust partner in the maintenance of health.
To make keemun tea, simply place about one teaspoonful of dried keemun black tea leaves in a 150 ml container of newly boiled water. Let the mix steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Keemun tea is typically taken without milk or sugar.
Pregnant or nursing women are advised not to consume keemun tea as the caffeine content of black tea is said to result in birth defects and retardation in growth.
The following are a few health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help improve the flow of blood.
- May help lower bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- May help lower blood sugar levels and lower the risk of diabetes.
- May help accelerate metabolism and burn fat, thus helping in weight loss efforts.
- May help strengthen the immune system.
- May help in lowering the risk of cancer.
- May help support healthy digestion.
- May help fight inflammation.