This is a hybrid tea with the second-highest caffeine and antioxidant levels (after green tea).
It helps lower the cholesterol, treats digestive problems and, by boosting metabolism, aids in weight loss (it activates an enzyme that dissolves triglycerides which are stored in fat cells).
It’s similar to black tea, however, it has slightly richer taste.
The Journal of Investigative Medicine published a study that found that 2 to 3 cups of oolong tea a day results in a 10 percent increase in metabolism in women.
Why is oolong tea healthy?
Research shows that people who drink 1 to 6 cups of oolong tea in a week are at a lower risk of mortality from cardiovascular diseases. Tea is also associated with lowering the risk of heart attacks because regular of consumption of oolong tea reduces the cholesterol levels.
Oolong tea contains polyphenols that enhance the metabolism of fat in the body. Polyphenols called catechins can keep metabolism from slowing down and aid in weight loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013. Oolong tea is also rich in caffeine that is as important for increasing chances of weight loss as the catechin.
According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in November 2009, it seems that the tea that contains both caffeine and catechins have more benefits for weight loss, than consuming either caffeine or catechin alone. People who consumed oolong tea for six weeks decreased both body weight and body fat, as reported in a study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2009.
Free radicals protection
Although green tea showed the greatest benefits for skin protection combating free radicals, oolong tea can also help remove free radicals from the body, and slow down the aging process.
Another benefit of polyphenols is preventing tooth decay. Oolong tea inhibits the growth of bacteria, which cause tooth decay and, in the long run, oral cancers. These antioxidants contribute to the improvement of dental health and hygiene as well. The randomized, double-blind, controlled studies showed that tea extract-containing mouthwashes could benefit dental health.
Polyphenols like thearubigin and theaflavin, which are higher in oolong tea in comparison to other varieties, combat carcinogens and help to reduce the risk of cancer. This is because polyphenols act as chemopreventive agents to suppress the development of other forms of cancer.
Although more than 50 epidemiologic studies that were looking into the association between tea consumption and cancer risk have been published, the results have been often inconsistent. Some studies have linked tea consumption to reduced risks of prostate, lung, ovary, colon and breast cancers.
Due to the high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins such as Vitamin A, and minerals such calcium, potassium, selenium, magnesium and phosphorus, oolong tea can help in treating and preventing diabetes. Moreover, oolong tea is may be an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, although we need more research.
Oolong tea act as stress reliever and can help alleviate mood swings. By decreasing the levels of stress, the tea helps to maintain focus and improves mental agility.
High concentration of antioxidants in oolong tea bring many benefits to skin. By destroying free radicals, the tea can prevent and treat many skin problems. Slowing down the oxidation of cells, the premature occurrence of wrinkles and dark spots is prevented, which result in a healthier skin.
Minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, carotene, selenium, potassium and vitamins A, B, C, E and K are responsible for skin’s youthful appearance.
Oolong tea can also help with atopic dermatitis treatment. This condition is characterized by redness, swelling, and itching of the skin. Infection can occur as a result of frequent scratching.
According to a research, patients who use a combination of dermatological treatment and natural treatment, consuming of at least 3 cups of oolong tea a day, experience more relief than patients who do not consume the tea.
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