HealthThe overlooked health benefits of oolong tea, the hybrid wonder

The overlooked health benefits of oolong tea, the hybrid wonder

Oolong tea combines the benefits of black and green tea.
Oolong tea combines the benefits of black and green tea.
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9:35 PM EST, January 16, 2024

"Oolong tea is a hidden treasure, abundantly rich in polyphenols, which have been proven to positively impact health," says Tea researcher and chemist, Dr. Tim Bond, in a conversation with

Dr. Bond elaborates that while it is made from the same plant as black tea and green tea, oolong tea's leaves undergo a distinct processing. Green tea undergoes heat treatment, restricting aeration and maintaining a higher concentration of certain antioxidant catechins. Conversely, black tea is fully aerated, a process through which the formation of theaflavins and tearubins is induced.

"Meanwhile, oolong tea is partially aerated thereby sitting between green tea and black tea. It contains, among other components, polyphenols - teazenensins, which are distinct from catechins in green tea and theaflavins in black tea, and can yield multiple health benefits," he adds.

Research on the effects of oolong tea

Research on oolong tea is still relatively early-stage, but so far, some studies have indicated that teazenensins can moderate inflammation, guard against DNA damage, and lower the risk of cancer development.

Other studies have revealed the positive impact of teazenensin on blood sugar control, anticancer activity, and antimicrobial action.

The health impact of drinking oolong tea

Regular consumption of oolong tea can lower blood sugar levels (in 10 weeks), rejuvenate muscles, kickstart the metabolism (to a greater extent than green tea), support the circulatory system and heart health, and aid in maintaining teeth and bone health.

For optimal health benefits from consuming oolong tea, Dr. Bond suggests drinking two to three cups a day. The process of brewing this infusion isn't strictly defined. It would be best to steep the leaves with water at about 194 degrees Fahrenheit and brew the tea for 2-4 minutes, depending on your preference.

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