Oolong tea health benefit
January 20 2018

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea somewhere between green and black in oxidation. It ranges from 10% to 70% oxidation. Oolong has a taste more like green tea than black tea.

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis) produced through a unique process including withering under the strong sun and oxidation before curling and twisting.

Lipid lowering
Br J Nutr. 2013. Reduced risk of dyslipidaemia with oolong tea consumption: a population-based study in southern China.

Curr Pharm Biotechnology. 2014. Tea consumption and risk of ischemic stroke: a brief review of the literature.  Stroke is an important cerebrovascular disease which causes chronic disability and death in patients. Despite of its high morbidity and mortality, there are limited available effective neuroprotective agents for stroke. In recent years, the research aimed at finding novel neuroprotective agents from natural origins has been intensified. Camellia sinensis tea is the second most consumed beverage worldwide, after water. It is classified into green and white, oolong, black and red, and Pu-erh tea based on the manufacturing process. Catechins are the main phytochemical constituents of Camellia sinensis which are known for their high antioxidant capacity. On other hand, it is well known that oxidative stress plays an important role in the initiation and progression of different cardiovascular diseases such as stroke. Therefore, the present article is aimed to review scientific studies that show the protective effects of tea consumption against ischemic stroke.

Questions
Q. I was wondering if you have heard anything about oolong or wu-long tea? I have been reading up on it and it seems to be a weight loss supplement that also is good for your skin, teeth, and memory. I would appreciate any information that you have. Most of the companies that sell oolong tea as a weight loss product offer money back guarantees but it is manufactured in China and I am very nervous about ordering anything that comes from China.
   A.
Oolong tea, popular in China, is withered, partially oxidized, and dried. Oolong is a cross between black and green tea in color and taste. Green tea is believed to help with weight loss, and perhaps oolong tea would also be helpful, but we have not seen extensive studies with oolong tea for weight loss. It is a good idea to drink a wide variety of different teas rather than just one or two in order to ingest a variety of healthy substances found in different teas.