BENEFITS OF TEA
As passionate tea drinkers, we would praise tea over the roof!
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1. It can improve gut health
Many people turn to probiotics to maintain or improve their gut health, but oolong tea can also boost the health of your gut microbiome and your digestion. Because oolong tea is slightly antiseptic, it aids the digestive tract by inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria in your gut. It also has an alkalizing effect, which helps decrease acid reflux and ulcers for those who have an inflamed gut.
It has moderate polyphenol and antioxidant content. More than a black tea but less than a green tea. This has to do with its oxidation level. The more oxidated a tea, the less its overall antioxidant content. The antioxidants in tea can help fight free radicals and other volatile compounds within the body. Free radicals have been shown to cause a number of forms of cancer and tea may help reduce the presence of these compounds.
3.Vitamins and Minerals
There are trace amounts of different vitamins and minerals in tea, but most of these are below 1% of your recommended daily allowance. The only mineral with a notable concentration in oolong tea is manganese. Each cup of oolong tea contains a little over a gram of manganese, giving you 25% of your RDA.
4.It is relaxing
Oolong tea contains theanine, which is an amino acid that helps you relax. In fact, theanine has been found to regulate aspects of human brain function without causing drowsiness. This means that oolong tea might be a great option for you if you tend to be anxious during the day but still have to stay alert while you’re working.
It is also ideal for those who need to calm down and focus. In fact, one study found that people who took 100mg of theanine made fewer errors in a task that required their attention than those who took a placebo.
5. Weight management
In one study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition found that mice who consumed oolong tea extract while on a high sugar, high fat diet gained less body fat than mice who ate the same diet but didn’t consume oolong tea extract. Also, those who were given the tea extract consumed fewer calories overall, suggesting that oolong tea can decrease your appetite. Studies have also been done on humans to look at the effects of oolong tea on body weight. It turns out that if you are currently overweight or obese, drinking oolong tea every day can help you lose body fat.
Furthermore, the polyphenols that are found in oolong tea can boost your metabolism by blocking the enzymes that create fat. And, because oolong tea contains a bit of caffeine, it can help boost your energy and help you get more physical activity during the day to increase the number of calories you’re burning.
The more oxidized a tea, the higher its amount of caffeine content. In comparison, green tea will have less caffeine that black tea. Oolong has a moderate amount thus if your caffeine tolerance is low, a cup of Alishan will give you just the right burst of energy without making you jittery.