Health Benefits

Benefits of Drinking Oolong Tea

Before we think of the benefits of oolong tea, and the different ways to stay healthy, we first need to understand what are the causes of infections, diseases, symptoms, and why do we age?
 
Most of the damages done to our bodies are by a substance known as free radicals, they do most of the damage from the inside out. Free radicals come from our daily living environments such as stress, poor diet, toxins, lack of exercise and pollution among many other factors.
Age-related conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and stroke, are all caused by the accumulation of free radicals in our bodies over time.

Free radicals can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infections, damage DNA leading to cancer, lower defences against heart disease and accelerate the aging process. The result of all this damage is a decline in cell functioning, a decline in the body’s ability to produce energy, an increase risk of disease and ultimately aging and death.

Disease seems an inevitable part of the aging process, free radicals will always exist, but we can slow down the process and prevent disease from happening earlier by taking care of ourselves.
In order to stay healthy and to slow down the aging process, we need to take our daily vitamins and antioxidants to have an enjoyable and longevity life, neutralizing these elusive free radicals!!!
 
This is where oolong tea can benefit us. It is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, carotin, manganese, selenium and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K.
 
 
There are many health benefits with drinking oolong tea, some of these include the reduction of chronic conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health. There are several components in oolong tea that acts as antioxidants including catechins, flavonoids, thearubigin, theaflavin and polyphenols.
 
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Green Tea 
(Unfermented)

Oolong Tea
(Semi-fermented)

Black Tea
(Fermented)

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Antioxidants are believed to prevent disease by combating free radical substances in the body linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, senile and drug-induced deafness, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
 
Oolong tea also contains caffeine and theophylline and theobromine, which may stimulate the nervous system. Despite its caffeine content, it can still be extremely relaxing to drink.
 
The health benefits of oolong tea are basically doubled because of the combined qualities of black and green tea. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world; but oolong tea might be one of the most beneficial.
 
The following are benefits in drinking oolong tea;
 
 
Weight Management: 

 

Tea can help control the metabolism of fat in the body. The polyphenol compound found in oolong tea activates certain enzymes enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body. Daily consumption of oolong tea can prevent obesity.
 
 
Removal of Harmful Free Radicals: 

 

The polyphenol compound in oolong tea acts as an antioxidant and stimulates the behavior of other free radical compounds in the body, helping to remove the potential harm that these free-moving cells often pose. Daily consumption can help with the prevention of cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s. 
 
 
Healthy Bones:
 
Antioxidants found in oolong tea can prevent teeth decay and osteoporosis, it can also strengthen the bone structure and promote healthy growth of the human body.
 
 
Healthy Skin:
 
Our skin is constantly exposed to free radicals by our environment. As we age, the less our bodies will be able to deal with the damages caused by these free radicals. As a result, dark spots and wrinkles will appear on the skin as well as accelerating the aging process.  Oolong tea contains antioxidants, which has the ability to destroy these free radicals from damaging the skin. A research conducted by the University of California showed that consuming oolong tea for 15 days had a 50% reduction in free radicals.
 
Another research also found that consuming oolong tea on a regular basis may help with getting rid of some skin problems, slowing down the aging process and improve the color of our skin.
According to scientific research done by the Archives of Dermatology, found that drinking 3 cups of oolong tea a day can benefit patients with eczema, relieving itchiness, red, swollen rashes in 54% out of the 118 patients.
 
 
Controls Diabetes:
 
Oolong tea help regulates the amount of blood sugar and insulin in the bloodstream. Thus, consuming oolong tea can help control the blood glucose level in the body, preventing the risk of any sudden fluctuations, which can be dangerous or harmful for a diabetic.
 
 
Stress Management:
 
Oolong tea has shown in helping to decrease stress levels and eases the mind, according to a detailed study conducted at the Osaka Institute for Health Care Science in Japan.
 
Another research conducted by the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Fujian Province, concluded that consuming 4 cups of oolong tea a day for up to a week also reduces the stress level significantly.
 
 
Prevention of Cancer and Heart Disease:
 
It is a well-known fact that tea drinkers have lower risk of developing skin cancer. The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea acts as a chemo-preventive against the development of other cancerous forms.
 
The tea is rich in antioxidant, which is said to be a very strong dilator of blood vessels. As the antioxidant may help the blood flow more easily through arteries, it assists in protecting against heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
 
 
Mental Performance and Health:
 
Health benefits of oolong tea include improved mental performance and alertness. Regular intake of caffeine rich oolong tea may help in improving mental performance and maintaining alertness throughout the day.
 
According to a 2004 study, people who did not drink oolong tea were much likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drank the tea for at least a year. The study showed that non-tea drinkers had a 46% risk of developing high blood pressure than regular drinkers. Those who drank more than two and a half cups of tea a day are 65% less likely to develop high blood pressure.
"Drinking Oolong Tea...

 

...offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple hours. Research suggests drinking two to four cups of oolong tea may push the body to burn an extra 50 calories each day. That adds up to 5 pounds of weight loss in a year.”

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