If you’ve ever needed a reason to try oolong tea, health could very well be it. Especially if all the findings of the many studies around oolong tea health benefits are anything to swear by, oolong tea could very soon surpass green tea to become a potent contender in the superfoods space.
Many diet programs today recommend including oolong tea in the routine not just because it is pretty much calorie-free, but because it is a rich source of antioxidants, can be steeped multiple times throughout the day, and tastes many notches better than a green tea.
The truth is that the scientific community (and the health community) became interested in oolong tea’s benefits after discovering promising findings with green tea. And while credit for the attention can be handed out to the league of the greens, once the attention was brought to oolongs – a semi-oxidized class of tea that’s anywhere between a green tea and a black tea – the potential health benefits of this tea have come across as equally promising, if not more.
What the studies have to say
A 6-week intervention study around weight management in China showed a weak but a positive correlation between consumption of oolong tea and lipid metabolism in the body that led to a perceptible reduction in body weight. Another study, in Japan, of those with type-2 diabetes, found that regular consumption of oolong tea significantly lowered plasma glucose levels in the body.
But some of the more widely discussed findings have to do with consumption of oolong tea and its potential impact on various skin conditions, including rashes, pigmentation, and even skin cancer. A Japanese report has found that drinking about 3 cups of oolong tea on a daily basis relieved the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, a common skin disorder that causes itchy, scaly skin on the face, on the insides of the elbows and the backs of the knees.
Drinking oolong tea has also shown to help combat allergies and lower the risk of accruing skin disorders due to allergies. Regular consumption of oolong tea is also believed to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation in most in vitro studies.
Researchers note that the free radical fighting capabilities of oolong tea can be attributed to the oxidative properties of the polyphenols found in the tea. Oolong tea contains six different bioactive catechins, and much like a green tea, they have the potential to positively impact the human body.
However, because these findings have not established causality via controlled in vivo studies, it is best to assume that the most practical role of oolong tea is a part of a broader health management program that includes a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
The real merit in drinking oolong tea
There are perks to drinking oolong tea, the chief among them is the sheer variety of it out there in the world. Although an oriental specialty, a lot many gardens outside of Taiwan and China, especially in India, are producing some incredibly high-quality, orthodox style oolongs, prime with delicious taste and tipped with the goodness one has come to expect from this class of tea.
And while the many options may make it seem like the tea is disconcertingly meant for a refined palate, oolong tea is possibly the easiest to appreciate, for tea noobs and nerds alike, thanks to its astringency-free fluid flavours and heady fragrance.
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