Usually originating from China or Taiwan, oolong tea is somewhere between green and black tea. It’s made from the leaves, buds and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant (the same one used to make black and green tea) but its partial fermentation is what differentiates it from the other two.
There has been lots of scientific research made into oolong to examine its health benefits and the findings go some way towards explaining its popularity among tea drinkers.
Oolong tea is said to alkalise the digestive tract and therefore reduce inflammation within it, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from stomach ulcer and acid reflux problems. In addition, it’s said to be a mild antiseptic that helps clear bad bacteria in the stomach which is why some people like to drink a cup of hot oolong tea when their tummies aren’t feeling 1oo per cent.
Oolong tea contains polyphenol which acts as an antioxidant and it’s also the chemical which appears to aid the breakdown of fat in the body. In an experiment run by researchers at the University of Tokushima in Japan, the results revealed that, for people on a high fat diet, polyphenol-enriched oolong tea increased the excretion of dietary fat. This may also help explain why oolong is associated with weight loss.
As it contains a small amount of caffeine, it can be a great choice for a pick-me-up when you need a boost. It makes a good beverage throughout the day if you need to remain mentally alert and keep your thinking skills sharp, but is probably best avoided before bed time, just in case you’re strongly affected by caffeine.
Another study in Japan examining the consumption of oolong tea and its effect on metabolism (compared to drinking water or green tea) on a set group of healthy females found that energy metabolism in those who drank oolong tea was significantly higher. Studies such as this one suggest why links between drinking oolong tea can help the body burn fat faster exist – a fast metabolism burns more calories, and the more you burn, the easier it is to lose the pounds.
Oolong is one of the teas considered to contribute to your overall health and wellbeing and that’s why we use it in our Daytox tea. We’ve specially selected a premium Chinese oolong, Tie Guan Yin – which has a flowery and fruity taste profile – for our blend.
This means it imparts a wonderful flavour on its own as well as perfectly complementing the lemony flavour of the Daytox tea. If you’d like to find out more about our 14 and 28-day Teatox, head to www.fruiteatox.com.