6 REASONS TO DRINK OOLONG
Oolong is delicious but do you know the health benefits of drinking oolong teas? We did lots of research and found the top six reasons for you (trust us, we read them all). Here they are!
1. Aid in weight loss. Oolong tea contains polymerized polyphenols (antioxidants) that can aid in weight loss. Studies have shown oolong to be greater calorie burner than green tea. Fat oxidation was significantly higher when subjects consumed tea rather than water.
2. Fight against free radicals. Oolong tea polyphenols can also protect us against the activity of free radicals. All classes of tea share similar antioxidant profiles since they come from the same plant.
3. Strengthen bone structure. Drinking tea daily, especially black and oolong, can bring some long term benefits for bone structure and mineral density. Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers are less likely to lose the minerals from their bones after a period of ten years.
4. Help with type-2 diabetes. Oolong tea can help patients with type-2 diabetes to regulate the amount of blood sugar found in the blood stream. Oolong works well in combination with oral antihyperglycemic medication to prevent dangerous blood sugar fluctuations.
5. Suppress allergic reactions and heal the skin. Certain skin conditions like eczema are related to allergic reactions or sensitivities. Oolong tea is an antioxidant combatant against free radicals which has the ability to suppress allergic reactions and help heal the skin. Oolong consumption in combination with dermatological treatment has been shown to reduce the symptoms of eczema.
6. Lower cholesterol risks. Long-term oolong tea consumption may be associated with a lower risk of dyslipidaemia, lower blood total cholesterol, TAG and LDL-cholesterol levels.
Now that you know all it's benefits (plus, it just tastes so good!). Let's have some oolongs.
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