Wu Yi tea originated from the Chinese culture during the 16th century. Wu Yi tea got its name from the Wu Yi Mountains of China, in which the ingredients of the tea are grown. Wu Yi teas are sometimes known by their other name “Rock Teas” because of the hard geographical mountain terrain in which they are grown. The tea falls under the category of black tea and oolong tea and has a wide variety that differs depending on the key ingredients used. The most frequently used varieties are the Lapsang Souchong and Da Hong Pao. Among these two Wu Yi teas, the Da Hong Pao Wu Yi tea has earned a place among the costliest teas in the world. The high price is due to low availability of the teas in the mountain terrain of which they are cultivated. You can identify a Wu Yi tea from its color and the smooth aroma it releases. Wu Yi teas have a dark color which is darker than most black teas and less dark then the oolong teas. Upon firing, Wu Yi tea releases a smooth aroma that has a flavor similar to that of a stone fruit.
Health Benefits of Wu Yi Tea
Wu Yi tea is known to provide certain health benefits to their drinkers. Some of the major benefits are as follows:
1. Helps to reduce weight
The Wu Yi tea is widely believed to reduce body fat upon regular consumption every day. In the beginning, people believed that weight reduction in their body was due to caffeine content in the tea. Later, the propanol compound was found to be the reason. Wu Yi tea has a specific compound present in it, known as a polyphenol. The polyphenol compound is effective in managing the fat in your body and thereby helping you to lower obesity.
2. Make you more active
Polyphenol further makes the fat cells in the body to become more active which in turn helps in boosting up your metabolism. Boosted metabolism gets rid of the laziness and tiredness your body would feel. So once you drink the tea, you would feel more rejuvenated and more ready to start up new work.
3. Eliminates harmful radicals
Harmful free radicals in our body causes cardiovascular and cataract diseases. The propanol content in the Wu Yi tea eliminates the free radicals in the body, by functioning as an antioxidant. Henceforth, the consumption of Wu Yi tea on a daily basis would protect against the accumulation of harmful radicals in the body.
4. Reduces the chance for ovarian cancer
Drinking Wu Yi tea is more beneficial for women. Ovarian cancer ranks first among the list of cancers that cause death to women. The chances of a woman having an ovarian cancer are 1 of 75. The Wu Yi tea contains certain anti-cancer properties that remove the formation of cancer causing cells from the body and thereby limiting the chances of ovarian cancer in a woman.
Having these many health benefits might be one of the reasons behind the high price at which it is sold. Even so, it must be remembered that most good things are often sold at a higher price. In the current case, the Wu Yi teas with all its benefits are worth spending a few pennies for.