Translated from Chinese Oolong means Black Dragon and this is not a random name. Oolong tea is rich in antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium.
Scientists believe that some of the polyphenols in Oolong tea boost metabolism and decrease the amount of fat which the body absorbs from the diet.These polyphenols /antioxidants/ activate enzymes that help you use stored fat for energy.Thus, increasing the functions of fat cells in the body.
An interesting fact: Oolong blocks the formation of new fat cells while boosting lipolysis, the body’s process of breaking down stored fats.
Oolong helps for maintaining brain function and may prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Recent research shows that the theanine, an amino acid in tea, may also help boost attention and relieve anxiety. The same study reports that the tea contains both caffeine and theanine and as a result increases alertness and attention within the first 1–2 hours after consumption Tea polyphenols are also thought to have a calming effect, starting two hours after having a cup of tea.
Protects Against Certain Cancers
Scientists believe the antioxidants present in black, green and oolong teas may help prevent cell mutations leading to cancer in the body. Tea polyphenols might also decrease the rate of cancer cell division.
Promotes Tooth and Bone Strength
The antioxidants found in Oolong tea helps keep your teeth and bones strong. One study showed that people who drank black, green or Oolong tea daily over a 10-year period had 2% higher overall bone mineral density. A higher bone mineral density could lower the risk of fractures. However, the direct link between Oolong tea and fractures has not been investigated yet. Finally, research links tea consumption to a reduced dental plaque. Oolong tea is also a rich source of fluoride, which could help strengthen tooth enamel.
There is no miraculous weight loss,
but Oolong tea definitely contributes to the weight loss process and helps you make a better lifestyle choice. The combination of caffeine and polyphenols found in Oolong tea increases the amount of calories and fats burned each day. It ultimately helps speed up weight loss. A little-known fact is, that Oolong is helpful for tammy and upper arm fats.