Oolong Teas — Rich in Flavor and Health Benefits
Posted by Dani Noto on
Oolong teas have become my new favorite teas. Besides their wonderful flavor profiles, they have some amazing health benefits. I won’t make any medical claims, but there’s lots of science out there singing the praises of Oolong teas.
I love to start my day with my limited edition Rou Gui Oolong. It’s almost sold out, and I’ll be so sad when it’s all gone. I also enjoy Organic Ruby Oolong for its robust flavors of cacao, raisins, and black cherry when I need something a little bolder.
Oolong tea is the middle child between its older brother black tea and little brother green tea. Like its siblings, it’s made from camellia sinensis leaves.
Oolong tea can range from green to dark brown in color. The flavor can be light and floral or smoky and robust, depending on how long it’s aged. It pulls together all the best of its siblings, black tea and green tea, to become another powerhouse in your tea repertoire.
Oolong teas are great served either hot or over ice. As the weather warms up, Raspberry Oolong and Cucumber Lime Oolong are fan favorites as iced teas.
Oolong tea has so-called catechins epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and high levels of polyphenols. These compounds make it rich in antioxidants that can help fight free radicals in your body.
Oolong tea also contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothing temporary pains and protect against illness caused by chronic inflammation.
Here are some other health benefits that will have you sipping on Oolong tea all day and into the evening.
- Boosts fat loss;
- Protects brain function;
- Improves blood sugars;
- Strengthens bones;
- Reduces cholesterol;
- Improves oral health;
- Promotes a healthy gut;
- Fights free radicals;
- Reduces inflammation;
- Improves focus and concentration.
Oolong teas can be infused multiple times, which gives you an excellent value for the price. Each steeping allows you to enjoy different nuances of flavor with each successive cup.