Did you know that Oolong burns 2.5 MORE calories than Green Tea? Did you also know these two teas come from the same plant leaf? Read More…
It’s hard to miss all the news about the benefits of drinking tea and we are bombarded with all these different varieties but how do we know what works best and what is this oolong tea we have been hearing about?
All tea, including oolong, comes from the same plant, camellia sinesis, and they all contain antioxidants but not all teas are created equal. Although there are over 3,000 different varieties of tea they can all be divided into 1 of 5 categories: Black, Green, Oolong, White or Puer.
The biggest difference between the different types of teas is the process they are put through once they are harvested. Whether the leaves are left whole, crushed or in the case of oolongs, slightly bruised. The level of oxidation plays a huge role as well, green and black tea hold each end of the spectrum while oolong is only partially oxidized.
For example, high quality Oolong is hand picked at its peak and processed immediately. The oolong leaves are withered in the sun to dry then gently shaken to lightly bruise the edges. This process is repeated several times but the oxidation period for oolong is significantly less than other varieties. The oolong leaves are then panfired at high temperatures to prevent further oxidation which means that oolongs contain less moisture and have a longer shelf life than any other tea.
Because of these differences each category of tea provides different health benefits and antioxidant levels as well as different flavors.
Oolong tea provides some of the most diverse flavors of any variety as it can range anywhere from fruity and sweet to woodsy and roasted. It can even have a light floral taste depending on where it was grown. The best quality oolongs are grown at extremely high altitudes in the mountains where the climate conditions are ideal for tea growth. These oolongs are typically only harvested 3 times a year and produce superb flavors depending on the region they were grown:
- Ti Kuan Yin Oolong – grown in China.
- Pouchong Oolong – grown in Taiwan.
- Tung Ting Oolong – grown in Taiwan.
- Formosa Oolong – grown in Taiwan.
- Darjeeling Oolong – grown in India.
The antioxidants produced through the processing of the oolong leaves can do amazing things for your body from burning fat already stored to blocking fat being actively consumed. Which leads us to your next question…
Can Drinking Tea Actually Help You Lose Weight?
As you’ve already heard the magic in tea lies in the antioxidants…but what exactly are antioxidants and why are they so good for us?
Antioxidants are molecules that travel through your body and prevent the oxidation process.
Oxidation is caused by free radicals in the body which is basically an unstable molecule that is scavenging to steal electrons from other healthy cells in your body. When healthy cells are stripped of this electron they then become unstable as well and it creates a snowball effect eventually taking over the body.
With these free radicals running rampant in your body it creates the perfect breeding ground for diseases such as cancer. It also destroys your body’s ability to perform its daily functions to keep you running at optimal levels.
But what does all this have to do with losing weight?
A number of studies have illustrated that the antioxidants in oolong tea work in the body to raise your metabolic rate and speed up fat oxidation, while busily destroying free radicals.
As a matter of fact, a study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2009 reflected these results when inducing a diet of oolong tea on overweight and obese subjects. They found that Oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving metabolism and that it might help to prevent obesity.
In fact, they found that a total of 70% of the severely obese subjects showed a decrease of more than 1 kg in body weight, including 22% who lost more than 3 kg after regular consumption of oolong.
That means that without changing your diet or activity levels you can start to burn fat and improve your energy levels simply by drinking oolong tea throughout the day. An added bonus is that the minimal processing for oolong tea leaves it with extremely low caffeine levels so it’s generally safe for those with sensitivities and doesn’t cause you to be jittery.
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What Other Health Benefits Does Oolong Tea Offer?
Although we have already covered a lot of information about how oolong tea works in the body we have barely brushed the surface.
Oolong tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine which helps your body to produce more serotonin. If you aren’t very familiar with it, serotonin is your body’s “happy drug”, it is a naturally produced neurotransmitter that regulates your mood throughout the day. Most cases if diagnosed depression are due to a serotonin deficiency. The combination of L-Theanine and antioxidants help to protect the tea plants from diseases and cellular damage. Drinking oolong tea delivers these antioxidants and amino acids directly into your cells so they can fight free radicals and prevent cellular damage.
But Which Is The Best Tea For Weight Loss?
The most common teas associated with weight loss are green and oolong tea but since they both have unique qualities about them how do we know which one is the most effective?
And how do you get the best benefits without having to drink a ton of different teas all day?
Simple…you drink Oolong tea, this variety has the perfect balance of all of the attributes as it sits right in the middle of the oxidation process so you get flooded with all the best antioxidants.
Although both oolong and green tea have been shown to raise your metabolism, more and more research points to oolong tea as the most powerful fat burner…
In a direct comparison of the metabolic effects of green tea vs. oolong tea, a 2003 research study by the Department of Applied Nutrition at The University of Tokushima School of Medicine, showed oolong tea produced a more significant effect on energy expenditure (EE).
Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2001 concluded that drinking regular amounts of oolong tea not only increases metabolic rate, but also increased fat oxidation in its subjects. This study showed a 12% increase in fat oxidation over a 24-hour period after drinking the oolong tea, and an overall significant increase in energy expenditure (EE).
This is mostly attributed to the thermogenic effect that oolong tea offers thanks to a combination of catechin polyphenols. Although green tea is known for having a high polyphenol count, oolong tea is actually off the charts for polyphenols and EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). EGCG has been associated with a pleuthera of health benefits for its ability to fight cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes and other diseases…even neurogenerative diseases such as alzheimers.
This study done by the University of South Florida shows that not only does EGCG help reduce toxins in the brain but it also helps restore and protect mitochondrial function by 50-85%! And what is the best natural source of EGCG you may ask? You guessed it…oolong tea!
Our oolong tea contains no other ingredients so it is naturally void of calories which makes it a no-brainer for anyone looking to block the absorption of fat. The polyphenols in oolong have even been found to:
- Lower plasma glucose in Type 2 Diabetes
- Reduce LDL Cholesterol
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Fight Cavities & Tooth Decay
- Fight Acne
- Reduce Hair Loss
What Does This Mean For You?
Life can be busy and hectic, throughout our daily lives we are bombarded with information and people trying to sell us on whatever the most recent trend is. When it comes to your health, it pays to be picky so choose products that are effective AND efficient.
Regular consumption of oolong tea provides a wealth of benefits in addition to its amazing weight loss properties. The best part is, it doesn’t come with harmful side effects like most products we see today. You do need to be careful where you buy your oolong though, as many suppliers douse their tea with preservatives and fillers to boost their margins at the expense of your health. Grocery store teas are probably the last place to go…if you want to be sure you are getting pure, medicinal grade oolong then Click here to learn about Okuma’s Oolong Tea and why it’s better than other oolong teas.