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B. Oolong Tea and Nutrition
Oolong tea is stuffed full antioxidants. It also delivers essential vitamins and minerals. If you are looking for calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K, oolong has it for you. Additionally, it is a detoxifier, because it contains folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids.
It is produced in s semi-fermented processing protocol which gives the oolong tea many polyphenolic compounds. The process add even more valuable health benefits to oolong tea. Oolong tea at the same time contains caffeine [in moderation an antioxidant] and theophylline and theobromine. The last two are like caffeine which may stimulate a sluggish nervous system.
- Oolong and Weight Management
Weight management benefit is found in the polyphenol compound that we find in oolong tea.
This can very effectively control the metabolism rate of fat within the body. When it activates particular enzymes, there is an enhancement of the functions of fatty cells throughout the the body.
It, as seen the Oprah and Dr. Oz shows, is commonly believed that daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce obesity. What we know for now is the studies that have been done are promising.
In one animal study, scientists gave mice polyphenols while at the the same time giving them a high-fat and high-sugar diet. The mice still showed a decline in overall body weight and fat index.
Some other studies interestingly showed or pointed to the conclusion that caffeine content acted as the catalyst behind the weight loss, but more recent studies finger the main activation agent of weight management as being polyphenols. It would seem that the active components in oolong tea make fat work correctly.
A friend of mine told me that her father started using oolong and quickly dropped 35 lbs. This was while he did nothing different in his life, except the tea. He was amazed.