Why You Need To Try Oolong Tea
By Janet Early
Have you tried oolong tea?
Oolong tea is a family member of black and green tea, originating from the same C. sinensis plant. It has a mild taste (compared to a gentler green or bolder black) because the plant is partially oxidized in the heating process before it is packaged for sale.
Caffeine-wise, the amount in oolong is mild, similar to that in green tea.
Benefits Of Oolong Tea
#1 Powerful Antioxidant
Oolong tea contains an abundant amount of flavonols, phytochemical compounds that, according to the University of California, Davis, promote:
“Increased activity of erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (an antioxidant enzyme found in red blood cells), a decrease in lymphocyte DNA damage, a decrease in urinary 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine (a marker of oxidative damage) and an increase in plasma antioxidant capacity (the ability to scavenge free radicals).”
Benefits from flavonols have been linked to decreased risk for serious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
This type of antioxidant has also been linked to increased cognitive ability. If you want to rev up your immune system or ace a math test, oolong tea’s got your back.
#2 Improves Serious Health Conditions
While further evidence is needed, oolong tea has been found to combat osteoporosis and dental problems, in addition to the diseases listed above. Most significantly, oolong tea has been found to be quite beneficial in diabetes management.
Some studies have provided evidence that this type of tea lowers blood sugar levels, which can aid diabetics in managing their glucose levels.
A 2003 study reported in the journal Diabetes Care concluded that people with Type 2 diabetes who drank oolong tea in addition to their prescribed diabetes medication showed stronger improvements in blood sugar levels compared to study participants who took the regular medication without consuming tea.
Furthermore, oolong tea, like its green counterpart, can help lower high blood pressure. One study examining 1,500 people found that:
“Drinking ½ to 2 ½ cups of oolong or green tea on a daily basis can lower a person’s risk of hypertension by 46 percent.”
#3 Cuts Down On Body Fat
Habitual tea drinkers, especially those who drink oolong tea, tend to be slimmer than non-tea drinkers.
A study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2009 found that overweight and obese participants who consumed oolong tea for six weeks both lost weight and had decreased waist size by the end of the study.
Additionally, the USDA Diet and Human Performance Laboratory concluded that tea drinkers burn 67 more calories a day than people who drink the same amount in water.
With its mild flavor, oolong tea pairs nicely with a meal or is tasty as a stand-alone treat. With all of these benefits, this and other teas can do your body wonders of good if added to your daily routine.
Are you a tea drinker? Comment below with your favorite types!
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Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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