More Research about Oolong Tea Health Benefits

Current research targeting oolong tea health benefits supports ancient wisdom about this delicious, healing tea. As oolong tea becomes better known around the world, the many health benefits of oolong tea will become the target of increasingly more research studies.

Even though oolong health benefits have been treasured in China for centuries, oolong tea and its healing properties are still new to many of us.

As you get to know the delicious taste of oolong tea, know that you are enjoying the following oolong tea health benefits, as well. More oolong tea information is available in current research focusing on...

Oolong Tea and Heart Health

A 2009 population study at Kyoto University in Japan involved almost 77,000 participants between the ages of 40 and 79, each with no history of stroke, coronary heart disease, or cancer at the onset of the study.

Research results indicated that regular consumption of oolong and/or green tea reduces the threat of heart disease and lessens the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Click here to read the research abstract.

Your Oolong Tea Benefits

What do you think of oolong tea? If you've experienced the benefits of oolong tea, we'd love to hear about it! Click here to share your thoughts and opinions about oolong tea with other visitors to our site. 

Oolong Tea and Cholesterol

Oolong tea may also protect you from heart disease by helping to lower high cholesterol levels.

High levels of LDL cholesterol can increase your risk of heart attack, and a 2003 study at the Institute for Health Care Science in Osaka, Japan, found that the antioxidants in oolong tea may lower high LDL levels.

If you'd like to take a closer look at the study, click here.

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Oolong Tea Health Benefits for High Blood Pressure

In this 2004 study of the long-term effects of drinking tea on high blood pressure, results showed that drinking oolong or green tea regularly can significantly lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.

In the study, which examined the tea drinking habits of over 1500 participants in Taiwan, the risk of developing hypertension decreased by 46 percent for habitual tea drinkers who consumed at least 120 ml (1/2 cup) oolong or green tea daily for at least one year. For those who drank over 600 ml (2 1/2 cups) oolong or green tea each day, that risk was decreased by 65 percent.

Tea consumption for more than a year did not lead to additional risk reduction.

If you'd like to read more about this study, click here.

Oolong Tea and Type 2 Diabetes

Twenty participants with type 2 diabetes taking prescribed hyperglycemic medication participated in this 2003 study conducted in Taiwan.

After consuming 1500 ml (about 6.3 cups) Chinese oolong tea each day for 30 days, the study participants had significantly lower blood sugar levels. (Chinese, rather than Taiwanese, oolong tea was selected for the study because its shorter oxidation process typically results in higher levels of antioxidants in the tea.)

More oolong tea health benefits... the study also found that oolong tea in combination with hyperglycemic medication was more effective in lowering blood sugar levels than the medication alone.

Interested in reading more? Click here to read the research abstract, or click here if you would rather see the full journal article.

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Even though oolong tea has been valued in China for many years for its health and wellness properties, many of us are still just getting to know this wonderful tea!

While many of us don't bother with scientific research to tell us about the health benefits of tea, current studies do provide more oolong tea information and confirm the traditional wisdom about the many healing benefits of oolong that has been passed down through the generations.

Wondering about side effects of drinking oolong tea?

If you plan to drink therapeutic levels of oolong tea - say, for example, to help you shed a few pounds or help keep your heart healthy - be sure to check with your healthcare provider first, to ensure that oolong tea is a safe choice for you (especially true if you are taking any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or a nursing mom).

Also, be sure to read about some of the potential side effects of tea here.

And, like all teas from the Camellia sinensis tea bush, oolong tea has caffeine, so you may need to watch how much oolong you drink if you are sensitive to caffeine. Be sure to listen to the messages your body gives you when you drink caffeinated beverages and, if you're wondering about how much caffeine is good for you, click here for some caffeine guidelines.

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Oolong Tea Benefits - Oolong tea is still new to many of us, but once you discover how very good it is for wellbeing, you'll want to add this delicious tea to your tea cupboard!

Oolong Tea Benefits & You! - If you've experienced some of the many health benefits of oolong tea, why not share your story with our other readers? And, browse through what other visitors to our site have to say about oolong, too.

Oolong Tea and Weight Loss - If you've been looking for a natural, healthy way to lose those few extra pounds, here are some reasons why oolong tea may be a good addition to your overall weight management plan.

Research about Oolong Tea Benefits - If the research side of things fascinates you, you'll love our Oolong Tea Research pages! All about current research targeting health and wellness benefits of this fragrant tea.


He RR, Chen L, Lin BH, Matsui Y, Yao XS, Kurihara H. Beneficial effects of oolong tea consumption on diet-induced overweight and obese subjects. Chin J Integr Med. 2009 Feb;15(1):34-41. 

Hosoda K, Wang MF, Liao ML, Chuang CK, Iha M, Clevidence B, Yamamoto S. Antihyperglycemic Effect of Oolong Tea in Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003 June;26(6):1714-1718.

Jones C, Woods K, Whittle G, Worthington H, Taylor G. Sugar, drinks, deprivation and dental caries in 14-year-old children in the north west of England in 1995. Community Dent Health. 1999 Jun;16(2):68-71.

Kurihara H, Fukami H, Toyoda Y, Kageyama N, Tsuruoka N, Shibata H, Kiso Y, Tanaka T. Inhibitory effect of oolong tea on the oxidative state of low density lipoprotein (LDL). Biol Pharm Bull. 2003 May;26(5):739-42.

Leung LK, Su Y, Chen R, Zhang Z, Huang Y, Chen ZY. Theaflavins in Black Tea and Catechins in Green Tea Are Equally Effective Antioxidants. J. Nutr. 2001 September 1;131(9):2248-2251.

Matsumoto M, Minami T, Sasaki H, Sobue S, Hamada S, Ooshima T. Inhibitory effects of oolong tea extract on caries-inducing properties of mutans streptococci. Caries Res. 1999 Nov-Dec;33(6):441-5.

Mineharu Y, Koizumi A, Wada Y, Iso H, Watanabe Y, Date C, Yamamoto A, Kikuchi S, Inaba Y, Toyoshima H, Kondo T, Tamakoshi A. Coffee, green tea, black tea and oolong tea consumption and risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease in Japanese men and women. J Epidemiol Community Health. Pub online 2009 December 8.

Nagao T, Komine Y, Soga S, Meguro S, Hase T, Tanaka Y, Tokimitsu I. Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Jan;81(1):122-9.

Rumpler W, Seale J, Clevidence B, Judd J, Wiley E, Yamamoto S, Komatsu T, Sawaki T, Ishikura Y, Hosoda K. Oolong Tea Increases Metabolic Rate and Fat Oxidation in Men. J. Nutr. 2001 November 1:131(11):2848-2852.

Uehara M, Sugiura H, Sakurai K. A Trial of Oolong Tea in the Management of Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatitis. Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(1):42-43. 

Wu C, Yang Y, Yao W, Lu F, Wu J, Chang C. Epidemiological Evidence of Increased Bone Mineral Density in Habitual Tea Drinkers. Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(9):1001-1006.

Yang, YC, Lu FH, Wu JS, Wu CH, Chang CJ. The Protective Effect of Habitual Tea Consumption on Hypertension. Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(14):1534-1540.

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