22 February, 2021
Oolong Tea For Weight Loss?
Can it be that one of my favorite beverages can actually help with weight loss? Yes! I am very excited to tell you that you can drink oolong tea to help assist you in your weight loss goals! Official studies from Japan have proven that this drink will help shrink fat from the gut. Not only is oolong a refreshing drink, good for you, it helps with belly fat! You can’t go wrong by incorporating this into your daily routine.
What is Oolong?
Oolong is a nice light and mild fragrant tea that is popular in South China. It was formerly called “Black Dragon Tea” because of the way it looks when it is dried and in the loose leaf form. Some theories say it originated from the Antxi oolong tea plant and others from the Camellia sinensis plant. The oxidation of the tea is somewhere between green tea and black tea. Not a strong tea but not a weak tea either.
Health Benefits of Oolong
There are many health benefits that drinking oolong can provide. Remember each person is different and reacts differently, but if you have some of these health concerns, try drinking oolong to see if it will help. The only caution would be if you are sensitive to caffeine because oolong contains about 16 mg of caffeine in a cup. This is a little more caffeine than green tea, but less than black tea. Some of the health benefits you can receive from drinking oolong are:
- reducing blood sugar levels
- reduce the risk of stroke, high blood pressure and heart attacks
- improve brain function
- steady moodiness
- protect against certain types of cancers
- strengthen bones and teeth
- reduce Eczema breakouts
Oolong can provide you with some major nutrients! These nutrients can be found in just one cup of the tea.
Manganese (9.13%) – important for bone health, reducing inflammation and containing antioxidants to ward off diseases.
Vitamin B3 (0.38%) – important for lowering cholesterol, ease arthritis, and boost brain function.
Potassium (0.26%) – important for your heart health, function of muscles, metabolizing carbohydrates
Magnesium (0.24%) – the most important mineral for your body! It helps with the blood to not clot to reduce risk of heat attacks and stroke.
Sodium (0.20%) – is important for nerve and muscle function as well as control blood pressure and blood volume.
Oolong and Weight Loss
Studies have been done by the Japanese that have proven drinking 11 ounces of oolong tea twice a day will increase fat oxidation by 20% and will keep burning the fat while sleeping. This fat that is being burned is fat that surrounds the major organs, especially in the belly area. Oolong contains the right amount of polyphenols that your body needs to burn inflammatory visceral fat that is deposited around your organs.
If you are a science buff and want to see how the study was done and love to read all the scientific terms, you can find the study here:
The bottom line is that oolong can be a great way to help fight body fat along with a good diet. There is minimal side effects, so go an enjoy a couple cups a day!
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Brands of Oolong
Here are just a few brands of oolong to try. The first one is my favorite because I like my tea in bags and the bags are individually wrapped for freshness, and very convenient. Plus, I can find it in my local grocery store. The second one is a brand that add probiotics to help with metabolism and it comes in K-cups to use in any Keurig coffee machine. The third one is a recommended loose leaf brand! If you choose loose leaf, don’t forget a tea strainer!
- 1 heaping teaspoon loose leaf oolong or 1 tea bag
- 8 ounces hot boiling water
- Sweetener of choice – I like Swerve
Boil water and pour over tea. If using loose leaf, be sure to put tea in a tea strainer. Let it steep for 5-8 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. Add your favorite sweetener to taste and enjoy!
Use the above recipe for hot tea. After you have sweetened the tea and let it steep, pour it over a cup of ice and enjoy!
- 1 teaspoon loose leaf oolong tea or 1 oolong tea bag
- 8 ounce hot water
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp honey or sweetener of choice
Steep oolong in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Pour tea and remaining ingredients into a blender. Blend well. Pour into a large mug and enjoy!
Do you have a success story? Has oolong helped you? I would love to hear about your experience, and/or questions by adding a comment in the box below.
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