One of the more popular teas we offer in our online tea shop is Oolong. Oolong tea, enthusiasts in Australia should know, is grown and processed in China and Taiwan. This tea is a staple in Chinese restaurants and is known for its unique taste which is due primarily to it being semi-fermented.
Along with green and black tea, Oolong tea belongs to the Camellia Sinensis family of teas. What differentiates Oolong from the other two is that it is semi-oxidised, while green tea is unoxidised, picked fresh, and black tea is oxidised. Oxidation affects the level of catechins, a type of antioxidant found in tea plants. Green tea, which is unoxidised, has the highest amount of catechins among the three while black tea has the lowest. Oolong tea is somewhere in the middle.
One reason why Oolong tea is among the more popular teas is its taste. Furthermore, it can be enjoyed hot or cold. But apart from these, regularly drinking this type of tea offers several benefits. Here’s a brief look at these.
A good source of vitamins and nutrients
Apart from having a good amount of antioxidants, Oolong tea contains several vitamins including A, B, C, E and K and minerals like niacin amid and folic acid. Furthermore, because Oolong tea is partially fermented, it contains several polyphenolic compounds. It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine.
Weight loss and management
If you are trying to lose and keep excess weight off, one staple that you should have on your daily menu is Oolong tea. This type of tea contains a polyphenol compound which aids in fat metabolism through the activation of certain enzymes which affect fat cells.
A powerful antioxidant
This same polyphenolic compound will not only help you lose weight, but it can also remove harmful free radicals from your body. Taken daily, oolong tea can help lower the risk against certain diseases including cancer, stroke and diabetes.
An effective treatment against eczema
Patients who drank three cups of this tea showed marked improvement in their skin condition within just a week. Experts attribute the efficacy of oolong in treating eczema to its polyphenols which work like anti-allergens. Oolong can also treat other skin problems like atopic dermatitis.
For bone health
Oolong tea’s antioxidants help promote bone and teeth health by strengthening these while helping stave off osteoporosis. Furthermore, studies indicate that people who regularly drink this type of tea are less likely to lose bone density.
Stave off stress and boost mental performance
Studies indicate that the polyphenols as well as the L-theanine in Oolong tea work together to reduce stress while calming the mind. Additionally, when taken regularly, Oolong tea can boost alertness and overall mental performance.