What is Oolong?
From the Camellia sinensis plant it is the same as your white, green and black teas, the difference being in the processing of the tea. Oxidation is halted in green tea by lightly heating the freshly picked leaves, while allowing the leaves to oxidize for a short time produces oolong tea. If the leaves are allowed to oxidize further it produces black tea. So to put it simply green tea is un-oxidized, oolong tea is semi-oxidized and black tea is fully oxidized.
The Health Benefits of drinking Oolong.
If you consume oolong on a regular basis it is known to reduce your cholesterol levels reducing your risk of a heart attack. You need to drink 1 to 6 cups per week to lower you risk of cardiovascular disease.
Combating Free Radicals:
Poly phenols found in oolong tea get rid of the free radicals from our bodies and in the process slow down the aging process.
Helps With Weight Loss:
Oolong tea enhances the metabolism of fat in the body. It accelerates the process of lipolysis allowing the body to burn more fat.
Prevents Tooth Decay.
It inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay. Drinking oolong also prevents the build up of plaque on the teeth. The antioxidants in oolong tea also help strengthen your bones.
Good For Your Hair
Making a tea rinse from oolong will help prevent excessive shedding of hair and will leave it soft and shiny. The anti-oxidants in oolong are said to assist the body to properly metabolize the male hormone DHT, any change in in metabolizing DHT can result in hair loss.
Oolong tea has higher levels of anti-oxidants in addition to viatmins and minerals such as vitamin A, calcium, potassium, selenium, fluorine, magnesium and phosphorus. These help to detoxify the body, improve digestion and lower your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
The natural poly phenols help to relieve stress and prevent mood swings. drinking the tea through the day can help you maintain your focus and improves your mental agility.
The anti-oxidants present in oolong helps to fight bacterial infections by inhibiting the growth of certain types of streptococci.
Research has shown that drinking 3 or more cups per day can be beneficial to people suffering from dermatitis. Due to olong tea’s high levels of anti-oxidants it can also help prevent the signs of aging and improve the skins appearance.
iTea’s range of oolong teas include Tie Kuan Yin, Milk Oolong, Osmanthus Oolong and Ginseng Oolong.