Without a doubt, Oolong Tea, also known as Brown Tea or Wu-long Tea, is one of the most popular and well-loved teas that is also popular in boba flavors.
The drink is loved by millions of people all over the world. This rich and aromatic tea isn’t just delicious, it’s also nutritious and your body will thank you after you drink it, as it improves your heart’s health, weight loss and more!
Although, the drink has some downfalls, such as dizziness, diarrhea and headaches, so Oolong Tea isn’t the definition of perfect. But like anything, if you consume more than a well balanced amount, of course you may have some side effects. Now, the big question. What really is this mysterious drink, Oolong Tea? Let’s dive into it!
What is Wu-Long Tea?
Now, what is Oolong Tea, you may ask?
Well, Oolong Tea is a traditional tea, originated in China. The tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant which you can glance at here. The Camellia sinensis plant is also known as the ‘tea plant’ and others, because Green Tea and Black Tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Did you know that fun fact?
Green Tea, Oolong Tea and Black Tea all start out the same flavor, but when the tea gets processed in a crazy cycle, the flavors change. All tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant contain enzymes, which makes a chemical reaction called oxidation. This changes the color, flavor and aroma of the sweet-smelling tea. The oxidation process is what allows black tea, green tea, oolong tea and many other teas to be different but they all use the same tea leaves. Isn’t that something?
What is Tea Oxidation?
Oxidation is the reaction that causes the Oolong Tea to go a nice brown color. In oxidation, Green Tea cannot oxidize too much, otherwise it’ll change into Black Tea and the flavor of the Green Tea will not be the same. Black Tea can oxidize as much as it wants until it turns into its deep black color, making sure that you don’t stop oxidizing it too early, otherwise it’ll be a Green Tea.
Now, you may be thinking, where does Oolong Tea come in with all of this? Well, Oolong Tea is in the middle of Green Tea and Black Tea. Once Oolong Tea turns a specific brown color, it can stop oxidizing. You wouldn’t want it to oxidize too much, or otherwise it’ll go black, or if you oxidize it too little, it’ll stay green and the aromas will stay the same. So, you must make the tea not too black but not too green. A color in the middle of green and black; brown! We hope you’re following along nicely, tea can get confusing sometimes, we know… Maybe you can read how to brew tea at home to get an understanding of all this too!
What are the Benefits of Oolong Tea?
Oolong Tea contains healthy and helpful vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. The healthy tea also includes Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Niacin and Magnesium, all of which contains elements to improve your health. Also, Oolong Tea is calming and will relieve stress, as the tea also contains Theanine, an acid that gives the tea its calming effect. No one likes stress right?
Did you know, Oolong Tea prevents high sugar levels too?
Oolong Tea Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
The antioxidants in the miracle tea helps reduce blood sugar. Studies show that drinking 1 liter of Oolong Tea decreases your average blood sugar by 3.3%. Oolong Tea can also help with other medical issues. For example, diabetes. By drinking Oolong Tea, you are decreasing your chances of getting Type 2 diabetes. Sometimes, it’s even cured diabetes! Oolong Tea has been tested, and the antioxidants inside can help with your heart health. Talk about a miracle tea after all!
Can Oolong Tea Aid Disease and Brain Functions?
Drinking the tea can reduce your chances of getting a heart disease or even risking your life with a stroke. Or, maybe you’re having weight troubles? Drinking Oolong Tea can also burn off the fat that you might’ve obtained from drinking all those milk teas, we know it’s hard to resist. We drink almost 5 cups a week! Making sure that you get the correct exercise and drinking your daily liter of Oolong tea or so, and you’ll be on your way to weight loss!
Did you know, oolong Tea can also help improve the way your brain functions. The caffeine in Oolong Tea sends dopamine to your brain, which benefits the way you react, think mood swings, and just in general, the way your brain functions. You have a 1 in 3 risk of getting cancer. Why not change that risk? Drinking Oolong Tea also lowers your chance of getting cancer too.
Oolong Tea Helps with Eczema?
Finally, if you have eczema, Oolong Tea can help relieve and even get rid of the dry rashes on your skin. Drinking a liter a day along with the normal ointments that you are given with can help get rid of the itchy inflammation. If you have low energy, Oolong Tea can help with it. Oolong Tea helps with your mental awareness better than any sugary drink or a caffeinated drink by itself. As Oolong Tea is sugar and caffeine together, it makes an all-powerful energy drink, nothing like Red Bull though.
Can Oolong Tea Be Bad for You?
Oolong Tea can help lower your chances of cancer, high sugar levels and so much more! So, what are the downfalls, you may ask.
Caffeine in Oolong Tea
Well, Oolong Tea contains caffeine. Caffeine can give you heart palpitations, headaches, insomnia, dizziness and can give you a higher blood sugar, so when you drink Oolong Tea, you’re increasing your blood sugar, but your blood sugar is also decreasing from the antioxidants and special elements in the tea. Crazy, right?
According to the USDA, the caffeine shouldn’t affect you if you’re drinking a liter or less each day, which is about 10 cups each day. Also, because of the caffeine, you may have sleeping problems, so stay on alert when drinking the caffeinated drink. Tannin, an organic substance, can give you stomach aches and stomach problems, but this is only in effect if you drink too much Oolong Tea.
To conclude, Oolong Tea is an enjoyed drink for millions of people, with a couple of flaws, but let’s face it, everything has flaws to some degree right?
By drinking the sweet and aromatic tea, you’ll have better heart health, stress relief, and endless elements that Oolong Tea brings to your body and mentality like we mentioned. As well as the healthiness to the drink, it also tastes exceptional! If you haven’t tried it, make sure to make some time to taste the tea. Maybe add some boba pearls to spice it up!
That’s all we have for oolong tea for now. Let us know what you thoughts on about oolong tea, do you like the taste or is black tea better for you? Oh and don’t forget, just talk about boba, duh!