There are numerous health benefits to drinking oolong tea. Similar to green teas, oolong tea helps lower cholesterol and is a great source of antioxidant. Here are a few key health promoting attributes of oolong teas with helpful links to resources and scientific studies.
Powerful source of vital antioxidant
The tea plant Camellia Sinensis contains large amount of polyphenol, a natural organic chemical compound formed by large amount of phenol structure units, which works as antioxidants in absorbing free radicals in our body.
Promotes weight loss
Studies have shown the polymerized polyphenols, highest in oolong teas, can increase metabolism by increasing energy expenditure.
Inhibits lipids and carbohydrate absorption
Preliminary studies showed that oolong tea could block dietary fat and carbohydrate absorption.
Promotes heart health
The polyphenol molecules in oolong tea are most effective in reducing cholesterol to avoid hardening of the arteries due to the size of its molecular compound. Because green tea is not oxidized, it contains smaller sized polyphenols; black tea is 100% oxidized thus resulting in much larger sized polyphenols. Oolong tea is semi-oxidized, producing the perfectly sized polyphenol molecular that activates the body fat dissolving enzyme, lipase.
Complements diabetes treatment
Oolong tea contains particular types of polyphenol not found in green or black teas. Studies have shown the oolong specific polyphenols were linked to reducing blood sugar level, which can help the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Many publication have also referenced the below benefits from drinking Oolong tea:
Support treatment for skin disorder, such as eczema
Help reducing high blood pressure
Anti-bacterial properties prevent tooth decay
Promote good bone structure