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Why fresh tea is best and better for you

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Like most food products, tea is generally best when it’s fresh. Most people probably wouldn’t eat a stale croissant or a brown banana, yet many people keep teas in their cupboards for years at a time. This tea-hoarding habit results in tea that is subpar in flavor and in health benefits. Fresh tea is essential to a superior tea drinking experience so here are some simple tips to keep your tea fresh: (more…)

Oolong Tea (Wu Long Tea) – Featured On Dr Oz Show

Drinking Oolong (Wu Long) tea is a natural way to boost your metabolism. It is one of the metabolism boosters recommended by Dr Oz to help your body burn fat a little faster.

How does Oolong tea aid weight loss?

Oolong tea contains poplyphenols that inhibit fat absorption. This prevents you from gaining fat and improves your cholesterol levels as less triglycerides are produced in the body.

The combination of caffeine and polyphenols in Oolong tea helps to boost your metabolic rate and increase energy (calorie) expenditure. As Oolong tea is low in caffeine, you can drink it throughout the day without making you jittery (like coffee does).

Simply replace your coffee, juice, sodas or other high-calorie beverages with Oolong tea. You can drink it either hot or cold, preferably with no added sugar (calories). If you really like it sweetened, add a bit of natural sweetener Stevia

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Best Wuyi Oolong Tea: Da Hong Pao

The Wuyi Mountains are located in the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces of China. The mountain range is characterised by winding rivers, deep valleys, caves, steep slopes and flat top hills.

The environment in Wuyi mountain is exceptional. The unpolluted air and water, moderate temperatures and rainfall, volcanic rocks, are ideal conditions for tea plantation. Wuyi Oolong tea grown and produced here are some the best in the world.

Wuyi Tea Varieties
There are many varieties of tea bushes growing in Wuyi mountain. Some of the famous tea bushes are Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), Shui Jin Gui (Golden Turtle), Ban Tien Yao (Middle Sky), Tie Luo Han (Iron Monk) and Bai Ji Guan (White Rooster). Out of all these, Da Hong Pao is the best Wuyi Oolong tea. It is also known as the Emperor of Tea or King of Tea.

Da Hong Pao has a smooth, fruity and sweet flavour, with a fresh floral aroma. You can find this tea is here.

Big Red Robe - Da Hong Pao

Oolong Tea and Weight Loss

All teas are made from the same tea plant, Camellia Sinensis. The difference lies in their production methods.

Oolong tea (Wu Long Tea) is semi fermented tea. It comes somewhere in between green tea (unfermented) and black tea (fully fermented).

The production of Oolong tea is a complex process that requires great skill from tea masters. They have to know when to stop fermentation of tea leaves. The various Oolong tea varieties are due to different ranges of fermentation. Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea is one of the best and most expensive Oolong tea. It originates from Mount Wu Yi in Fujian Province, a region that is virtually free from pollution, with clean air and water.

Oolong Tea Weight Loss, Wu Long Tea Weight Loss
Oolong tea (Photo: Mr Wabu)

Oolong tea is high in polyphenol, the antioxidant that promotes good health. See this post on –> Oolong tea health benefits.

There have been great interests from researchers on Oolong tea and weight loss. Studies on humans and animals have shown that Oolong tea can indeed help lose weight.

How does Oolong tea aid weight loss?

Polyphenols in Oolong tea have been shown promote weight loss by:

- boosting metabolism
- burning fat
- inhibiting fat absorption

In a study conducted by Aichi Medical University Institute and Nagoya City University in 2001 on 12 men and women to examine the effect of oolong tea on their health, 9 subjects reduced their waistline by 2cm and 8 subjects reduced their upper arms by 2cm. It is found that the polyphenols in Oolong tea activate lipase, the enzyme that dissolves body fat.

Here are some more studies on Oolong tea and weight loss and their findings:

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Beneficial effects of oolong tea consumption on diet-induced overweight and obese subjects

“Oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving lipid metabolism. Chronic consumption of oolong tea may prevent against obesity.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19271168

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Oolong tea increases energy metabolism in Japanese females

“In comparison with green tea, oolong tea contained approximately half the caffeine and epigallocatechin galate, while polymerized polyphenols were double. These results suggest that oolong tea increases energy expenditure (EE) by its polymerized polyphenols.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13678386

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Oolong tea increases metabolic rate and fat oxidation in men

“Energy expenditure (EE) was significantly increased 2.9%… In addition, fat oxidation was significantly higher (12%) when subjects consumed the full-strength tea rather than water.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11694607

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Oolong Tea Health Benefits

Oolong tea is a semi-oxidised (semi fermented) tea that falls in between black and green teas. Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea from Fujian province, China is the most famous and expensive of all the Oolong tea varieties.

Oolong tea health benefits

Oolong tea is rich in polyphenols, much higher than that in green and black teas. Polyphenols are antioxidants that promote Oolong tea health benefits. They remove and minimise damage by free radicals in the body. Free radicals are unstable particles that damage cells. They are caused by lifestyle or environmental factors such as excessive stress, poor diet, smoking, pollution, chemicals in food, pesticides, too much exercise and radiation.

The body has enzymes to control certain amounts of free radicals. If the latter become excessive, they can cause damage to the body. This is why we need antioxidants like polyphenols to enhance the enzyme function and neutralise free radicals. Cellular damage by free radicals result in heart disease, cancer, ageing, diabetes, degenerative and autoimmune diseases.

The Chinese have long known about the weight loss potential of Oolong tea. They’ve been drinking it for thousand of years for health healing and obesity control.

Studies have found that:
-people who drank Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea burned more than TWICE calories than those who drank Japanese green tea.
- drinking Wuyi Cliff Oolong tea 15 mins before eating carbs reduces the insulin spike following the carb meal. High insulin levels are associated with body fat storage. By keeping insulin under control, Oolong tea reduces the fattening effects of carbohydrates.
- polyphenols in Oolong tea increases energy expenditure and fat burning by 35-45%.

Other health benefits of Oolong tea are:
- reduces cholesterol
- prevents heart diseases
- strengthens immune system
- improves digestion
- strengthens teeth and prevents cavities

Here are some studies on Oolong tea weight loss:

Thermogenic ingredients and body weight regulation

“Tools for obesity management, including consumption of caffeine, capsaicin and different teas such as green, white and oolong tea, have been proposed as strategies for weight loss and weight maintenance, as they may increase energy expenditure (4-5%), fat oxidation (10-16%) and have been proposed to counteract the decrease in metabolic rate that is present during weight loss. Daily increases in thermogenesis of approximately 300-400 kJ can eventually lead to substantial weight loss.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20142827

Beneficial effects of oolong tea consumption on diet-induced overweight and obese subject

Oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving lipid metabolism. Chronic consumption of oolong tea may prevent against obesity.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19271168

Anti-obesity action of oolong tea

“The results suggest that oolong tea may be an effective crude drug for the treatment of obesity and fatty liver caused by a high-fat diet.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10094584