Oolong Tea is a traditional Chinese tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used for making green tea and black tea. The basic difference is however is the way they are processed.
Oolong tea actually has the benefits of both the dark and green teas, yet it accounts of only 2% of the total world tea consumption. Oolong tea is partially fermented as opposed to the green tea which is completely unprocessed. A little de-tour in the history of Oolong tea says it has its roots traced back to the Ming Dynasty somewhere around in the mid-1300’s.
Oolong Tea is rich in antioxidants and contains various minerals like calcium, potassium, selenium, carotene plus vitamins like A, B, C, E and K. Hence, it has great benefits as follows:
- Boosts metabolism, helps in weight loss: Oolong tea contains polyphenols which act as block to the enzymes which build body fat. It helps you to burn fat faster by raising the metabolism for upto 2 hours after consumption. Hence, food is digested better and the body is able to absorb the essential vitamins and minerals. But one needs to ensure that they don’t mix in any white sugar or artificial sweeteners in their oolong tea. Instead, opt for natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or stevia.
- Improves Heart Health: In a recent study, it was found that people who drank around 1.4 litres tea per day were 51% less likely to have heart disease compared to non-tea drinkers. The number of antioxidants oolong tea contains help to improve heart health. It helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body.
- Aids Digestion of the food: Oolong tea alkalizes the digestive tract, reducing inflammation for those with acid reflux and ulcer issues. Known for having little antiseptic properties, this tea can help clear bad bacteria from the stomach. Hence, regular consumption of oolong tea can improve the entire digestion process and help one to secret more minerals and vitamins from the food they eat.
- Improves brain health and mental alertness: A nice hot cuppa of oolong tea can help you being mentally alert. In fact, there are studies which say that oolong tea can improve brain function and even prevent Alzheimer’s. The caffeine in the tea activates the release of norepinephrine and dopamine – two brain chemicals that improve mood and beat stress. An amino acid in this tea called theanine helps to uplift alertness and release anxiety and stress.
- Promotes healthy hair: Who does not love to have long curls? Of course, we all pray that even in the old age, our hair remain shinny and long. Due to high levels of antioxidants present in oolong tea, it prevents hair loss. Hence, making a rinse out of oolong tea leaves for washing hair can give you thicker, shinier and lustrous hair.
- Improves Skin texture: The antioxidants present in oolong tea helps with allergies or sensitivities. It is able to control allergic reactions of the skin thereby leaving a vibrant and youthful skin. It is also known for slowing the aging process of the skin.
- Prevents tooth decay: Oolong tea is known for protecting our teeth from acids produced by certain bacteria. Oolong tea being a rich source of fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel as well as help to reduce dental plaque.
- Promotes Bone Density: A study conducted with 680 postmenopausal Chinese women found that those who drank oolong tea regularly had 4.5–4.9% higher bone densities than non-tea-drinkers. The more is the bone mineral density, the less are the chances and risks of bone fractures which may occur due to falls or accidents.