by The Welthi Bureau | 31st Jan, 2019
Oolong Tea is a product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia Sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea.
Oolong Tea is fragrant, with a pleasant aroma and a fruity flavour. Despite its caffeine content, it is still a relaxing drink, owing to the presence of theanine, an amino acid responsible for its relaxing effect. The health benefits of Oolong Tea are doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. According to the Tea Association of the United States, this tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are partially oxidized. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world, but Oolong Tea is one of the most beneficial, say tea aficionados.
The origin of Oolong Tea dates back almost 400 years when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their colour.
Some people believe that Oolong Tea sharpens thinking skills and improves alertness. It is also believed to help in weight loss, prevent cancer and osteoporosis, boost the immune system and prevent diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries (artherosclerosis).
Several studies suggest that the polyphenol antioxidants in Oolong Tea may help improve blood sugar control and reduce the reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. However, these findings are being further researched.
While a number of studies have suggested that Oolong Tea may aid weight loss, a study on overweight and obese subjects concluded that Oolong Tea could help improve fat metabolism and reduce body weight.
Some researchers have found out that drinking Oolong Tea was linked to a reduced risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease. Another study found that people who drank one or more cups of Oolong on a daily basis, had a lower risk of heart disease.
Due to the fact that Oolong Tea contains a significant amount of fluoride, which helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities, it is linked to better dental health.
Tea has always been an integral part of one’s daily routine, and substituting Oolong for another variety might just give you the health boost you need. However, no amount of tea will help if you have serious health issues, so consult your doctor and take advice on how much tea is good for you.
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