It’s becoming more and more well known that drinking tea has countless health benefits, and this is something that makes us very excited. Along with the health benefits, which are substantial on their own, there exist many more benefits to drinking tea, and we’re going to be taking a look at many of them. Not everyone is familiar with the benefits of the six different types of tea yet, so we’ve put together this series to highlight each of the six types, and to take a closer look at the benefits of drinking it. On this page in particular, we’re going to be focusing on the benefits of Oolong tea.
Browse our list of oolong tea benefits to learn the many incredible things it can do for you, such as better metabolism, antioxidants, and more…
A Little Bit About Oolong Tea and Oolong Tea Benefits
A traditional Chinese tea falling somewhere between green tea and black tea. Health benefits from both types of tea are present in this “inbetween” tea variety.
Oolong tea leaves are only partially oxidized; as soon as the leaves begin to turn brown the process is stopped. Either rolled into long curly leaves or wrapped into small beads this tea’s primary characteristic is how in unfurls in your cup.
When steeped, the leaves unwrap into long dark curly leaves, resembling the traditional ancient Chinese dragons.
Oolong is directly translated from its Chinese name, meaning “Black Dragon Tea”.
Oolong Tea Benefits To Health
Oolong tea allows you to receive benefits of green and black tea all in one.
Polyphenols, famously found in green tea’s are also present in Oolong tea’s, not lost due to over fermentation and oxidation.
- Increased metabolism is one of many benefits you can expect with regular Oolong consumption. Increasing certain enzyme’s ability to target fat cells for energy and not hold onto them, drink Oolong tea daily and increase fat loss substantially!
- Powerful antioxidants will help fight free radicals, promote strong bone structure, prevent tooth decay and help stave off cancers. These antioxidant properties have been studied vigorously over the years, shown to not only prevent disease and cell damage but actually promote healthy growth of cells.
- Moderate caffeine content helps stimulate the central nervous system. Caffeine doesn’t seem like it would provide such a variety of health benefits, but it is credited with increased heart and muscle health. Oolong tea also has properties similar to caffeine, theophylline and theobromine.
- Prevent cancer with Oolong tea, helping treat various skin cancers is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this tea. When consumed on a regular basis it will actually inhibit growth of cancerous cells in the stomach. Currently being studied for its application in preventing and treating ovarian cancer, it is said that drinking two cups a day will cut your chance of developing ovarian cancer by nearly half!
- Reduce your stress levels with a cup a day. Stress is the cause of many health problems, it actually increases the body’s level of toxic chemicals and inhibits its ability to remove them. Simply taking the time each day to relax with a cup of tea will help reduce stress levels and allow your body to take care of the harmful toxins in a safe and natural way.
Other Benefits of Drinking Oolong Tea
Unlike most tea’s Oolong actually benefits from multiple steeping sessions. After you brew a pot of black or green tea the leaves are discarded because if used again it will have a foul bitter taste. Oolong tea builds up its flavor palate, the third or fourth brews from the same leaves are said to be the best.
Oolong tea variety is vast, ranging anywhere from a sweet fruity taste to a bolder roasted woody flavor.
Caffeine will also vary depending on the specific production method, the way you brew it and how many times you steep the leaves. However Oolong tea has less caffeine than black tea due to its fermentation process being cut short.
Take part in this ancient Chinese tradition and brew a cup of black dragon tea every day, enjoy the long distinct leaves and find the perfect Oolong for your taste. There is an Oolong tea for everyone, whether you enjoy a clean fresh tasting cup of tea, or a complex profile similar to a fine scotch.
Drinking Tea Everyday
History of tea drinkers dates back thousands of years, Oolong specifically dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in the Fujian Province. Take the time each day to share in this ancient tradition and bask in its meditative qualities. Pay homage to the rich Chinese history that led to the creation of such a wonderfully diverse type of tea.
A rich Oolong for the morning to replace that cup of coffee, offering similar flavors to that integral cup of joe. Perhaps a less oxidized Oolong for lunch giving the fresh clean taste similar to that of your favorite green tea. At night choose a lighter fruity variety of Oolong and try to enjoy 2-5 cups a day.
Use tea time as an anchor to relaxation each and every day. Having a cup of tea to look forward to will help break up the work day, relieve stress, allow you the time to focus on the day, week or long term goals. A cornerstone to living a healthy, stress free and cultured life.
An old Japanese Proverb sums it up beautifully, “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
If you are a tea drinker who needs a bit more variety in every cup, explore the wonderfully diverse world of Oolong tea’s. Share in the rich history of the legendary Black Dragon Tea. Whether you need a bold cup of rich dark tea or a sweet fruity cup to enjoy with a light snack, the world of Oolong has you covered.
Just as diverse concerning the health benefits of Oolong tea. For every type of Oolong tea there is in the world, there’s a dozen healthy reasons why you should be drinking it.
Give it a try, replace one of your morning cups of coffee with a rich, bold cup of Oolong tea, share in a healthy life and a long living legend.