What is oolong tea good for?
Coming from the Chinese Fujian region, oolong tea is a tea variety in itself - neither black, nor green, known in France as the "blue tea." It has been cherished for centuries for its singular, smoky taste and health benefits.
What makes oolong tea different?
One bowl moisten the throat and two banish melancholy.
Three scour the stomach to inspire writings by the volume.
Four sweat life's troubles out by the pores.
Five lighten the limbs and six bring ecstasy.
Drink no more than seven and float forth on the breeze.
Lu Tong: Seven bowls of tea
Like any tea, oolong consists of leaves of camellia sinensis which are dried, oxidized, rolled and heated following three century-old techniques.
There are two main types of oolong: teas that undergo 10 to 45 percent oxidation (similar to green tea) and the ones that undergo 45 to 70 percent oxidation. The latter ones are darker and sweeter in taste.
What are the oolong tea health benefits?
When brewed in hot water, oolong changes into a magical potion which can in mysterious ways affect our body and mind. While the Chinese medicine was aware of these properties for a very long time, they have only recently been recognized by Western scientists.
Oolong tea contains polyphenols which is the main reason why its impact is so beneficial.
The most commonly observed benefits of oolong tea are :
* oolong reduces bad cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease
* it reduces fatigue
* it activates circulation
* it supports the heart system
* it enhances concentration
Oolong tea contains polyphenols
The polyphenols contained in tea may neutralize free radicals and thus prevent aging and even protect from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Polyphenols protect the body against cell damage caused by various stressors.
Can oolong tea accelerate weight loss?
One of the most known benefits of oolong tea is its impact on weight loss. Studies found that oolong can accelerate fat burning and metabolism.
Source: Tea: History Terroir Varieties. Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharmais, Hugo Americi.