5 Ways Oolong Tea Promotes Healthy Living
Oolong tea, the widest and most diverse tea category. This is the category of tea that you could spend years researching and tasting, yet never know fully. The flavor landscape can be spicy, woody, floral, fruity, sweet, dry, herby, and nutty, but the flavor realm isn’t the only thing that draws us to this tea type. It also has a myriad of positive health benefits.
I’ve pulled the information for this blog from solid research and studies published by journals. That being said, I’m not your primary doctor, so the claims I make in this article may not be completely applicable to you. If you have any questions or concerns about the effects of oolong tea on your well being, please consult your regular doctor.
With the medical disclaimer aside, it’s time for me to share five ways that oolong tea promotes healthy living.
Aids In The Reduction of Body Fat
According to ancient Chinese medicine, oolong tea is a strong regulator of body fat. A 2001 study by the Journal of Nutrition discovered that, in fact, fat oxidation on average least 12% higher in people who consume oolong tea regularly than those who only drink water.
This correlation between oolong tea intake and fat oxidation has a variety of biological and chemical explanations, but most of it boils down to this: the bodies of people who drink oolong tea regularly more efficiently metabolize fat than those who don’t.
If you’re looking for a simple way to increase your fat metabolism for long-term weight loss, add oolong tea to your regular diet. Just don’t add extra food as well.
Lowers Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
All tea types have positive effects on cardiovascular health, and oolong tea is no different. These positive effects arrive in the form of well-regulated blood pressure, reduced risk of hypertension, and the maintenance of blood and lymphatic vessels.
These benefits are derived from the anti-oxidant properties of tea polyphenols, as well as the high level of manganese in darker oolong teas.
A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consumption of oolong tea can be associated with the minor protection against certain cancers, thanks to the preventative and restorative effects of theaflavins, a powerful antioxidant in tea. Among the list of protected organs are the lungs, esophagus, pancreas, liver, breasts, and colon.
Also according to the study, regular consumption of tea has been recorded to reduce the rate of growth in cancerous tumors.
Oolong tea contains both caffeine and the protein L-Theanine. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that can elevate the alertness of your senses, but can also cause anxiety and jitters. L-Theanine is a soothing protein known to settle the nerves, calm anxieties, and foster deep concentration.
When you combine these two powerful chemicals in oolong tea, you find yourself with a drink that causes you to be alert and focused, yet calm and collected, which is perfect for studying, manual labor, and - really - just about anything you can think of.
Slows Skin Aging
Normally, free radicals (molecules with an unpaired electron that violently steal electrons from other molecules) wreak havoc on your skin’s ability to stay elastic and wrinkle-free. The many antioxidants in oolong tea, however, are capable of giving up extra electrons to pacify the free radicals, which prevents further damage to your skin.
Not only will you look better over years and years of tea consuming, but the skin inside your body will function more effectively. Your blood and lymphatic vessels, for example, won’t be subject to as much free radical damage, which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Don’t understand me wrong - oolong tea is not a miracle drug, nor is any other type of tea. It is, however, a natural and delicious way to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. It won’t save you from any of the ailments we’ve discussed alone, but it’ll work along a healthy diet and exercise to keep you living to your fullest ability.
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