The health benefits of Yunnan tea are essentially the same as those of other black tea varieties. This is due to their being from the same camellia sinensis plant that possesses a host of antioxidants.
Yunnan tea is a type of black tea grown in the southwestern Chinese province of the same name. This province is believed to be the place where the tea plant camellia sinensis originated. In fact, it is where the oldest wild growing tea tree can be found. This tree is estimated to be approximately 1,700 years old. Yunnan tea comes from the large-leafed variety of the tea plant which is similar to those where pu erh tea comes from.
Yunnan tea is distinguishable by virtue of its fine leaf buds that appear as soft golden tips. It also possesses a unique flavor that is said to be a blend of cocoa and black pepper. When brewed, it typically exudes a bright orange color and a slight, gentle aroma. This brew contains virtually none of the astringency present in other teas.
Yunnan black tea has a few varieties and most important of these are:
Yunnan Pure Gold – considered among the most premium types of black tea. It exclusively contains golden tips that are covered in hairs.
Yunnan Gold – combines golden tips with darker ones.
Broken Yunnan – has very few golden tips and is generally cheaper.
A nice hot cup of Yunnan tea can be made by placing 1 teaspoon of the dried leaves in a 150 ml container of newly-boiled water. Let the mix steep for about 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the leaves and enjoy.
Following are some health benefits attributed to this variety of tea:
- May help lower the risk for the development of tumors and cancer.
- May help lower the risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases.
- May help fight fat and enhance metabolism, thus contributing to efforts at achieving weight loss.
- May help facilitate good digestion.
- May help keep bacteria and viruses at bay.
- May help prevent and fight inflammation.
- May help maintain overall well-being when taken as part of daily diet.
** Note: As with other teas, pregnant women should not take yunnan tea as it contains caffeine which may contribute to certain birth defects and conditions.