Oolong tea benefits have long been valued in China, and this tea - which is also known as Wulong, Wu Long, or 'Black Dragon' tea - is fast becoming a favorite around the world thanks to its many health benefits and delightful taste.
Oolong tea, like black, green, pu-erh, and white teas, is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis tea plant.
Even though oolong tea is still new to many of us, more and more scientific research is targeting this flavorful tea as its popularity grows.
Here is what research has told us so far about oolong tea health benefits.
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Even if you haven't tried oolong tea yet, you may want to consider adding this flavorful, aromatic tea to your tea cupboard. Oolong not only has a wonderful taste, but it has so many healing properties - powerful antioxidants, protection against chronic disease, weight-management capabilities, and support of heart health are just a few of the many oolong tea benefits!
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Researchers studying tea have found a few health effects of tea you should be aware of. Be sure to visit your healthcare provider before adding high levels of oolong tea to your diet, especially if you are pregnant or a nursing mom, or if you are taking any prescription medications.
Oolong tea does have a reputation as a weight-loss tea, but it's still best to consult your healthcare provider if you are planning to add oolong tea to your overall weight management plan, as well.
Also keep in mind that oolong tea, like the other teas from the Camellia sinensis tea bush, does have caffeine. So, if you're sensitive to caffeine, you may want to monitor how much oolong tea you have each day, or even choose a caffeine-free herbal tisane instead, such as Rooibos tea, cinnamon tea, or hibiscus tea. Click here for more information about caffeine in tea and oolong tea caffeine content.
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