Oolong tea is traditional Chinese tea – made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis which is part of flowering plant family Theaceae. Their leaves and leaf buds are in use in tea production.
Camellia sinensis is the same plant from which green and black teas are making of. The difference comes from the way its leaves are processing. They are sun dried and slightly bruised to create partial oxidation.
Oolong tea is high in polyphenols and antioxidants – nutrients, which protect our cells from damage. All teas have high levels of them, offering a lot of health benefits. Also there are researchers proving that the nutrients in oolong tea have more powerful antimutagenic and antioxidant effects than the others.
1. It has a positive effect on your immune system. Oolong tea is rich in sodium, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3). And that’s not all – antioxidant flavonoids found in the tea protect the cells from damage. It is good to know that people who drink that tea produce high levels of anti-bacterial proteins. They are indicating a strong immune response when fighting infections.
2. Metabolism boosting, which helps in weight loss. If you drink a cup of oolong tea, after two hours it helps your body to burn fat faster by increasing your metabolism. The polyphenols in it’s contain are able to block fat building enzymes. Have in mind to achieve that – it is best to avoid sweetening it with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Instead of that use raw honey or maple syrup. Best is to drink it clean.
3. Protects you from diabetes as the polyphenols in it reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels. Also oolong tea consumption protects your heart as it lowers the cholesterol levels. As it is semi-oxidize, oolong tea produces polyphenol molecules. That molecule is able to activate the enzyme lipase – it dissolves body fats and triglycerides (a type of fat in your body).
4. Thanks to the caffeine content – the tea revitalizes your mental activity, focus and performance. Still be careful with it in case you are sensitive to caffeine. Do not consume more than one lightly steeped cup a day. Or reduce the intake to a few times a week.
5. Last but not least – improves your skin condition as it combats free radicals thanks to the antioxidants in it. Drinking oolong can slow down the aging process, which makes it a great anti-aging tool.
Benefits from drinking not just this tea, but tea at all are plenty. During the summer you can enjoy a cup of ice tea on the beach. There is nothing more comfy than a cup of warm oolong tea, a blanket and a good book or nice company.
Author: Donka Staykova