Oolong tea may not be as well known as green tea, but it may even be more beneficial. It really is the forgotten tea, although it has been around for more than five centuries. It’s the long lost brother of green and black tea, the Chuck Cunningham of extraordinary teas. However, oolong tea only makes up about two percent of the total tea consumed in the world.
Green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea all come from the same plant, the Camellia sinensis plant. For you people that are not farmers out there, it takes three years to grow a full Camellia sinensis plant from a seed. Plus, you need warm temperatures for the entire time.
Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world. There are reasons for this. All four of these teas have health benefits. Will they make you immortal, smarter, or give you superpowers? Probably not. But they are much better for you than the sugary drinks that are currently littering the market.
Oolong for Fat Loss
Many point to the effectiveness of drinking oolong tea, especially when on a calorie-restrictive diet. It can actually instruct your body to burn fat for energy when you are drinking this every day. It increases your metabolism and turns your body into a fat burning machine. In addition, combine it with an exercise program. Attack your extra pounds from all angles by following your diet and doing your training while drinking oolong instead of the less healthy options on the market.
The oxidation process, when oxygen combines with the element, elevates the levels of theaflavins and theophylline in oolong tea. Unless you are a chemist or some sort of scientist, you may not have heard of these two things. To put it simply, they have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, and anti-cancer properties. Combine these three things in with weight loss and fat burning, and this oolong tea sounds like a mystical drink. In addition, there have been studies showing that oolong tea can help in controlling eczema and other skin diseases. It does have caffeine in it, so it will wake you up, provide you with a bit of energy, and keep you mentally alert as well. Most of the time, oolong tea will have only about 25 percent the amount of the caffeine you would find in a cup of coffee.
More Asians are drinking oolong tea than anyone else currently. One interesting study of more than 76,000 Japanese adults showed that those who drank 8 oz or more of oolong tea per day had a 61 percent lower heart disease risk. In addition, a study completed in China showed a 39 percent lower risk of stroke in those drinking 16 oz of oolong tea per day.
Try It Out for Yourself
The bottom line is the combination of caffeine and polyphenols found in oolong tea should help increase the amount of calories and fat burned each day. This could definitely help speed up the weight loss process. In addition, research has shown it to have cancer prevention qualities. Furthermore, the antioxidants in oolong tea may relieve symptoms of eczema and other skin disorders. If you are searching for a new alternative to the highly caffeinated sugary drinks that are saturating the beverage market, oolong tea could definitely be one to try out. If the taste is not quite right for you, just add a bit of lemon or other fruit with a bit of ice and spice it up a bit.
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