You hear about green tea, black tea, and herbal tea in more and more studies, but what about oolong? 2 % of all tea produced worldwide is oolong. It is one of the most popular types of tea in China and has numerous health benefits. Oolong Tea undergoes a small degree of fermentation during its processing, which gives oolong a flavor somewhat similar to that of black tea but closer to the taste of green tea. Health claims for oolong tea’s benefits include reduction of cholesterol levels, preservation of heart health, treatment of digestive disorders, strengthening of the immune system, and formation of strong bones.
There have been a lot of research to do with the numerous benefits of drinking Oolong Tea:
In a population study in 2010, researchers found that oolong tea consumption was linked to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Researchers determined that those who drank coffee, green tea, and/or oolong tea on a regular basis had a lower risk of heart disease compared to those who didn’t drink such beverages.
When paired with standard care, it was also found that oolong may benefit people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small study published in 2003. After drinking 1,500 ml of oolong tea daily for 30 days, diabetes patients experienced a greater reduction in blood sugar levels compared to those who drank water instead of tea.
Even further, several studies have indicated that oolong tea may promote weight loss. In a 2009 study researchers concluded that consumption of oolong tea could improve fat metabolism and, in turn, reduce body weight.
So maybe next time you put the kettle on, pull out a tin of Oolong. The little caffiene in it can give you the pick up you need – both in energy and in your health.