LifestyleDrink it instead of regular tea. It works like an elixir of youth

Drink it instead of regular tea. It works like an elixir of youth

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5:41 PM EDT, October 24, 2023

Oolong tea has a rich aroma and a mild taste. It is casually referred to as "blue" - this is due to the slightly turquoise color of the dried tea leaves (the brewed tea is yellow or golden). Its benefits have been appreciated for three thousand years.

It is mainly produced in China and northern Taiwan. It is made from the same leaves as black tea, but due to a specific production method, it acquires a different taste and properties. It is something like a missing link between black and green tea. This is why it's worth getting to know the oolong blue tea.

How is blue tea made?

Blue oolong tea (also known as dragon, turquoise, or emerald) is obtained from the leaves and buds of the evergreen Chinese tea bush (Camellia sinensis). This is the same plant that produces green and black tea. Blue tea is created as a result of fermentation. However, significantly, at a certain stage, this process is stopped (unlike the total fermentation of black tea leaves). That's why blue oolong tea is called semi-fermented.

In simple terms, it can be said that blue oolong tea is the missing link between green and black teas, as it combines the characteristics of both these varieties. They all have a similar composition - they contain a similar set of vitamins and minerals. They differ in terms of caffeine concentration - there is significantly less in the blue variety. Its taste, however, is less bitter than that of green tea, closer to the gentleness of black tea.

So what is good about blue oolong tea?

In Ayurvedic medicine, blue oolong tea has long been known as a remedy for enhancing memory and reducing stress. It has properties that lower blood glucose levels, and reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Interestingly, blue oolong tea can stimulate brain activity or, conversely, have a calming effect. This depends on the tea brewing time. It's also worth mentioning that regularly consuming oolong tea supports the metabolism and stimulates the excretion of excess fluids from the body, thereby supporting the weight loss process.

The most important active ingredients in tea are polyphenols, mainly catechins. Oolong is characterized by a high content of these compounds. Catechins primarily exhibit antioxidant activity - this means that they support the neutralization of free radicals, protecting cells from damage and aging processes. Catechins present in blue tea slow down the development of many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and other civilizational diseases, including diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

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