Oolong Tea Benefits for Good Health & Wellness

Oolong tea benefits have been appreciated for many years in China, and this tea - which is also known as Wulong, Wu Long, or Black Dragon tea - is becoming a favorite with countless other tea lovers around the world, as well, thanks to its enticing flavor and many wellness benefits. 

If you've been considering adding oolong to your tea stash, your taste buds will love this very special tea and its delicately soft, yet complex, taste. 

Oolong tea (like black, green, pu-erh, and white teas) comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis tea plant, but oolong is unique in part due to the level of tea-leaf oxidation or fermentation (more than green tea, but less than black tea). Because oolong can be oxidized anywhere between 8% and 85%, you'll find the flavor can really vary from one oolong tea to another. 

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Oolong's intoxicating flavor and delightful aroma aren't the only reasons to give this healthful tea a try - you'll also love oolong tea benefits for wellness, including...

  • As with other teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, oolong tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants can support and aid us in so many ways, from fighting harmful free radicals, strengthening the immune system, and boosting metabolism, to helping protect us from chronic disease (such as diabetes and heart disease). A diet rich in antioxidants is essential for good health, and adding oolong tea to your diet is a simple but very effective and enjoyable way to boost your daily antioxidant intake. 
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  • Improve skin health and beauty with oolong tea. Life is filled with things that can age our skin prematurely, from stress and environmental toxins to free radicals and poor habits (unhealthy food choices, smoking, and so on). Fortunately, oolong's potent antioxidants also work to keep those signs of aging at bay, helping skin look and feel younger, firmer, and more supple. An additional bonus - drinking tea is just as effective as drinking water when it comes to keeping our bodies well-hydrated (also so important for skin beauty and wellness). 

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  • Oolong tea may also prove beneficial for skin irritations, such as eczema. Research suggests that drinking oolong tea regularly may reduce the symptoms and ease the itch of eczema, and that these benefits can be long-lasting. In one study, participants with eczema enjoyed 1 1/2 cups of oolong three times per day for six months, and, after one month, over 60% experienced marked improvement in their skin condition. After six months, over half of the participants reported continued benefits for their eczema. 

Brew a Cup to enjoy Oolong Tea Benefits

Now that you know more about oolong tea benefits, you're likely ready to get brewing! To ensure your cup of oolong provides you with the most beneficial antioxidants, steep it for about 3 minutes in 100C water. Get more tips here for making the perfect cup of tea. 

  • Take advantage of caffeine benefits with oolong tea. So many of us love our caffeine, and with good reason... Low to moderate amounts of caffeine may help us fight chronic inflammation, promote longevity, boost metabolism, and increase energy, alertness, and concentration - and much more. A delicious, natural way to enjoy low levels of caffeine is by drinking naturally caffeinated oolong tea. 
  • Enhance bone strength and density with oolong tea. As we age, we are apt to lose bone mass and our bones become thinner and weaker. However, drinking oolong, green, and/or black tea regularly is a step we can take that may improve bone strength and lessen the risk of a fracture. Studies indicate that tea drinkers who have consumed tea regularly (at least once per week) for six years or more have stronger BMD (bone mineral density) than non-habitual tea drinkers. Drinking tea regularly for more than ten years provides even greater improvement in overall BMD. 

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  • Enjoy oolong tea for healthy brain function now - and in later life. Not only can that cup of oolong enhance focus, alertness, and a feeling of calm almost immediately, but nurturing a tea habit now may benefit cognitive wellness in future years. Research has found that long-term, regular consumption of oolong, green, or black tea can improve brain function and lessen the chance of cognitive decline with age, and also help to ward off degenerative disease (such as Alzheimer's). 

Keep reading here to learn more about this healthful, delicious brew and to discover more oolong tea benefits. 

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Around the world, oolong tea tends to be less known than black and green teas (oolong makes up only about 2% of worldwide tea consumption).

But, even though this tea may be new to you, oolong tea benefits, along with its delightful flavor and tantalizing aroma, make it worth consideration if you're thinking of expanding your tea experience.

Oolong Tea & Caffeine

Sensitive to caffeine, or trying to cut back? As with all teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, oolong tea does contain some caffeine. Visit our Tea and Caffeine page to learn more. 

Not sure where to begin in the world of oolong? Why not have a chat with one of the tea experts at your local or online tea shop and ask them for some recommendations? 

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