Health & Beauty Benefits of Oolong Tea

A Chinese traditional tea that has become popular all over the world, oolong tea not only tastes great but also has a number of benefi...

Health & Beauty Benefits of Oolong Tea

A Chinese traditional tea that has become popular all over the world, oolong tea not only tastes great but also has a number of benefits for skin, health and hair. Oolong tea can taste widely different depending on how you process it and the horticulture. It can be simple, sweet and fruity, or green and fresh with complex flavors. Oolong tea has so many different styles of production that the oxidization can also vary greatly, from 8-85%. Now, that’s a number you couldn’t have expected.

A general way to process oolong leaves is to let the plant wilt in the strong sun, and oxidize before you move on to curling or twisting them. 

The traditional way of processing the leaves after they have withered, is to roll them to form long curly leaves. You can also find them being wrap-curled into small beads with a tail.
Moving on to the benefits and uses of oolong tea, there are many. Oolong tea comes from the same plant that produces black tea and green tea, C. sinesis. Hence, there are quite a few properties they share. The process of manufacturing oolong tea is quite similar to that of black tea, except you have to pay closer attention to timing and temperature in order to get that perfect oolong tea flavor.

The biggest difference between the teas is that, green tea isn’t oxidized at all, oolong tea is semi-oxidized and black tea is fully oxidized. The semi-oxidation is the reason oolong tea contains numerous polyphenolic compounds. I would recommend you to go for Teami Energy Tea, its so good and works great for me.

Health Benefits

Oolong tea helps greatly to reduce cell damage and protect your body from various diseases, including cancer. Studies have shown that drinking oolong tea, 2-5 cups a day, can cut the chances of ovarian cancer by half, and provide you with flavanols and flavonols, which are antioxidant compounds. Oolong tea may also help in preventing diabetes, by decreasing blood glucose levels.
The USDA Diet and Human Performance Laboratory has also found that people who drink oolong tea burn about 67 more calories on average than people who drink the same amount of water so it’s beneficial for weight loss too! 

There is also some evidence of oolong tea helping with strengthening bones and the caffeine in oolong tea surely helps with maintaining alertness throughout the day. However, the caffeine content varies based on the production process of the tea. 

Skin Benefits

For skin benefits, research has shown using oolong tea in conjunction with medication for eczema has shown better results than solely depending on the medication. 

The high levels of antioxidants help greatly with anti-aging. They slow down the oxidation of skin cells, limits the exposure of the skin to free radicals which then makes your skin look much younger and healthier. The antioxidants also help in improving the elasticity of the skin and the polyphenols in the tea protect it from the damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun.

Hair Benefits

Lastly, we have the hair benefits. Next time you go into a haircare store, pick up a bottle and you might find oolong tea being used in it. The oolong tea in haircare products is increasing rapidly. The plant promotes the growth of healthy hair substantially. 

Again, all thanks to the antioxidants present in oolong tea, it is known around the world to ensure proper metabolism of DHT, and prevent hair loss. Oolong tea is a very mild tea that is also used as a rinse, for softer, shinier hair. 

Oolong tea has more benefits than I can list here. It contains various minerals, to name a few, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin E. These are all minerals that have numerous known benefits for hair, skin and health. There may not be enough that we know about oolong tea yet, but so far, it seems like a great tea to use if you’d like to maintain overall health. 

Oolong tea is definitely something you must try. If you don’t feel any benefits, there aren’t any side effects either as long as you drink a normal dose. It’s simple to make, and besides, it tastes pretty good too! 

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