Oolong Tea: Healthy and delicious to drink
It is a rare instance when you can drink something that is both healthy for you and delicious. Until now that is. Oolong tea delivers on both of these promises with a delicious brew from China that tastes great and is great for your health. While the health benefits of Green tea have long been touted, owing to its antioxidant-laden properties "catechins," Oolong tea's equally powerful antioxidants, referred to as "theaflavins," show equally impressive results according to clinical studies.
The Importance of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the bedrock on which good health is built. Essential for wellness, antioxidants support a healthy immune system, disable free radicals in the body, aids in weight management issues, and buttresses our bodies against an array of chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and osteoporosis. As an added benefit, the presence of antioxidants in the body helps reverse the visual signs of aging including the battle against wrinkles, and the loss of skin elasticity.
A 2009 Kyoto University study examined the effects of Oolong tea on heart health among 77,000 participants between the ages of 40 and 79. The study noted that regular consumption of Oolong tea lessens the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attacks. By reigning in the movement of free radical compounds in the body, it limits the damage these free moving cells can have on the tea drinker's heart.
Oolong herbal tea exhibits excellent characteristics for controlling the ravages of diabetes. Oolong naturally regulates the amount of insulin and blood sugar in the body, and its presence helps ward against the dangerous dips and spikes in blood sugar that can be so deleterious to the diabetic patient's health. Studies have proven that when taken in conjunction with regularly prescribed hyperglycemic drugs,
High Blood Pressure
Of the litany of heart related ailments, hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease in the world. Indeed, a fifth of the adult population, in numerous countries, report suffering from this dangerous condition, which can have severe health consequences ranging from increased risk of stroke to incidents of kidney dysfunction. Long postulated, a link between drinking teas, and lowering blood pressure levels in those who regularly consume the beverage, have been reported in The Archives of Internal Medicine.
Consuming tea on a regular basis has been proven to have a salubrious effect on bone mineral density, and serves to protect teeth from decay while strengthening overall bone structure. Long-term studies indicate that people who consume tea on a daily basis are far less likely to suffer bone mineral loss than those that do not include tea drinking in their daily regime. While further study is necessary to explore this link, the benefits are thought to derive from components in the tea, which works to excite the retention of minerals drawn from other foods that are consumed.
When it comes to the battle against obesity, Oolong tea has replaced fighting "fire with fire" with fighting "fat with fat". Recent studies suggest that polyphenol compounds found in Oolong are excellent agents for controlling the metabolism of fat cells in the human body. By activating certain enzymes, polyphenol enhances the activities of fat cells in the body. These results suggest that regular drinking of Oolong tea allows you to make your fat cells work for you in eliminating fat cells. This marks a turning point in thinking as it was long assumed that any weight loss properties afforded by drinking tea was gained through the ingestion of caffeine.
Signs of Too Much of a Good Thing
Speaking of caffeine, Oolong has quite a bit of it, and that is what powers the heightened mental alertness that most drinkers enjoy during the day. Caffeine hits everybody differently, but for those who have had too much; the symptoms can include headaches, restlessness, irritability, heartburn, anxiety, and more. As such, always be in tune with the signals your body is sending you regarding your caffeine consumption and adjust accordingly.