Benefits of Oolong Tea
The Oolong tea originated from China, but like many other teas, India did not lag in the goodness of tea. Himalayan oolong tea and many oolong teas in India are quite different from each other. In fact, the same pluck of oolong rolled, curled, and twisted can taste completely different from each other.
Oolong tea has a variety of flavors frequently compared to that of the different flavors of wines. Many wine tasters have gone on to taste the variations in oolong flavors and declared the taste notes to be like the different taste notes of the same wine. Oolong teas are a class by themselves and fall into the category of Speciality teas.
A wulong plucking is not possible until a new sprig has ended its new growth. The Chinese refer to this point as the ya zhu; Indian tea makers call this the bhanji stage of growth. In the case of Wulong tea, the plucking standard can include up to four or five leaves. ( See Blog post on Ayurveda Speciality Teas).
Just like wine competitions in France, New Zealand & Australia, there are oolong competitions across Asia to honor the artisanship of oolong tea producers. The contestants compete with each other to uphold the importance, history, and culture of oolong tea and its craftsmanship more than for the cash rewards.
- Brain health and Alertness- people consume oolong tea to sharpen their thinking ability and increase brain alertness. Just like coffee and other teas with high caffeine, oolong tea can make you more mentally alert because of the presence of caffeine. Caffeine boosts alertness, and if sugar is added it gives you more energy.
- Weight loss-Some people also take in oolong tea by mouth to reduce weight. There is no scientific evidence of this so far.
- Reduces Blood Sugar- oolong tea may help to lower blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetics. Research has indicated that drinking three or more cups of tea per day can reduce the risk of diabetes. Research studies specifically looking into the effect of oolong tea in diabetes have reached different outcomes. There are researchers who found that drinking oolong tea has little to no impact on blood sugar or insulin levels.
- Reduces Risk of Cardiac disease– on the correlation between oolong tea heart disease and scientific research has proved and concluded that people who drank 10 ounces of oolong tea per week had a lower amount of total high cholesterol compared to people who did not drink any oolong tea throughout the week. The results were also similar to people who consumed green and black tea Hence it has been established, that tea can lower your blood cholesterol levels, and ultimately reduce the risk of cardiac disease.
- Oral Health -Tea leaves naturally contain fluoride, so drinking tea without sugar can prove to be beneficial for your teeth. The same reasoning is used for bones as well, and some people munch on oolong tea raw because it helps improve bone health.
- Stress Relief-Many people claim that oolong teas have a naturally calming effect and thus help reduce stress levels. While there is no scientific proof backing this claim, it is tempting to have an oolong tea shot.
A word of Caution
Drinking oolong tea is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when consumed for a long time or in high doses (more than 4 cups per day). Drinking large amounts of oolong tea might cause side effects due to the caffeine content.
These side effects can range from mild to serious and include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, seizures (convulsions), and confusion.
Oolong tea interacts with a number of medicines and therefore, you must consult with your physician or doctor before you start taking it. Pregnant women need to be careful and should take oolong tea in moderation.
Disclaimer: This Blog is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home herbs and teas that are not scientifically authenticated..