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The Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

By on March 25, 2013
Glass Teapot Pouring Oolong Tea into Glass Teacup

Few people seem to know what oolong tea is, let alone have heard of the benefits it can have on your health. Oolong tea is actually green tea that has been partially fermented, giving it a distinct and smooth taste. It is a common eastern drink and Chinese oolong is probably the easiest variety of this tea to find in your local grocery store.

It boasts a lot of the same health benefits that green tea does; it has antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of cancer and prevent heart disease and has also been claimed to help strengthen your immune system as well as your bones. It’s also been known to help reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

There have been studies done for these claims, but most scientists would argue against the results being definitive. There is still much work to be done in researching its effects on cancer risks and heart health. However, there have been plenty of studies dedicated to how oolong tea can help with weight loss and it turns out that it happens to be a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose a few extra pounds.

Oolong tea can actually up the amount of energy your body expends for up to two hours after you drink it. And that energy seems to target the excess fat on your body first. It’s excellent to drink up to an hour before you work out or do a yoga routine.

You have nothing to lose by adding a daily cup of oolong tea to your diet. A drink doesn’t gain a fantastic reputation among thousands of people for no reason. It’s an excellent choice for dieters because of its fat burning antioxidants, and because it’s tea, it also has zero calories. That’s absolutely no extra calories being consumed by drinking to be sent to your waistline.

Any calorie counter can tell you how fantastic it is to have a great drink that you don’t have to worry about factoring into your daily total. Especially if that drink is going to help you burn off some of that total.

And like coffee, it can also help get you going at the beginning of the day. Oolong has enough caffeine to help you feel awake and geared to go without the accompanying jitters that you can get from your favorite lattes. It’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up drink to help you keep powering through your day without slowing down and succumbing to the midday slump.

And let’s be honest, oolong tea is delicious, as most tea-lovers would agree. It’s not as strong as black tea, but is significantly more potent than green tea. And it just goes down smooth. It’s hard to say no to.

Sources

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/oolong_tea.htm
www.teasetc.com/tea/article.asp?ID=1

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