A healthy diet contributes to the excellent health of the body, that is to say, to a well-functioning, healthy, and protected organism. Some beverages have more nutritional benefits than you might think, and one of them is Oolong tea.
Along with Green and Black tea, Oolong tea is one of the most used teas in China and Taiwan, and around the world. Although it sometimes lacks the highlights of Green tea, Oolong has great health benefits, both on its own and in different combinations. In addition, its history and tradition are very interesting and it is worth knowing a little more about this beverage.
What Is Oolong Tea?
Sometimes referred to as blue tea, oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, also known as the tea tree.
It is a type of semi-oxidized tea, which means it has a more advanced oxidation process than Green tea but less than others such as Black tea or Red tea, and it is just this process that gives it its characteristic bluish tone.
As its oxidation process is “intermediate” between Green tea and Black tea, the flavor of Oolong also has characteristics of those types of tea.
Its flavor is milder than black tea and not as floral as green tea, but with several attributes of both. Here are some of its benefits.
Oolong Tea Benefits
Like Green and Black teas, Oolong tea has numerous health benefits and is also known as the tea of longevity because of its antioxidant properties.
Oolong tea has a high content of catechins in its composition, which have anti-cancer properties. In addition, they help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
As if that were not enough, Oolong tea also helps improve metabolism, which increases the body’s ability to burn calories. It also helps prevent fatty liver, due to the protective effect it has on this organ.
Traditions and Special Moments to Enjoy Oolong Tea
Like other types of tea originating in China, Oolong is involved in different traditions.
One example is the popular Cha Dao ceremony, also known as “tea road”, in which tea goes through strict preparation in a context of peace and harmony conducive to a unique moment of socializing.
Although not as ancient a tradition as a Cha Dao ceremony, Oolong tea has gained popularity for drinking just before bedtime because of its physical and mental health benefits.
Oolong tea helps you fall asleep easily and the quality of your sleep is much better, it also improves the digestive process while you sleep and, as we already mentioned, it speeds up your metabolism.
Delicious Combinations with Oolong Tea Flavor
In addition to its multiple benefits for the body, oolong tea can also be used as the base for different flavor combinations to create delicious drinks.
Oolong tea can be enjoyed with milk in different combinations, such as Brown sugar milk or milk foam, or with a fruity combination such as lychee Oolong tea or Yakult Oolong tea.
For fans of pure flavors, you can prepare it alone and add a few ice cubes and thus have an Oolong iced tea in its purest state.
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