Pu-erh tea is made by parching and then fermenting the leaves of Camellia sinsensis, the same plant that is used for making green, oolong, and black teas.

Pu-erh tea is mainly made in southwestern China and Taiwan. It contains caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and muscles. Pu-erh tea also contains antioxidants that might help protect the heart and blood vessels.

People use pu-erh tea for improving mental alertness and thinking, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse pu-erh tea with other caffeine sources, such as coffee, green coffee, black tea, green tea, and oolong tea. These are not the same.

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