While drinking tea in general offers benefits to cardiovascular health, I am partial to oolong tea because of the flavor varieties and long-term health benefits.
Oolong tea makes up just two percent of the tea produced worldwide but its benefits have been studied and proven along with green and black teas, which make up the majority of the tea produced and consumed.
I enjoy oolong for its wide array of flavors and distinctive aromatic smooth flavors that fall between green and black teas. While oolong tea production is restricted to Southeastern Asia, China and Taiwan, all of my teas are produced from hand-picked tea leaves in the high mountains of Taiwan, giving it the highest quality and array of flavors and aromas. Taiwanese Oolong is the most sought after type of oolong for superior quality and flavor.
What Makes Oolong Different?
During processing, the outer part of the leaf oxidizes while the center of the tea leaf remains green. Some oolongs are more oxidized and resemble black teas (like our Dong Ding Black Oolong), but present with a distinct flavor from full oxidation. The oolongs that are less oxidized are closer to green tea (Shan Ling Xi High Mountain) present with a lighter body.
What are the benefits of drinking oolong tea?
Oolong tea contains powerful antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals. The main antioxidants in oolong tea are known as tea polyphenols and are linked to many health benefits.
- Reduced Risk Type 2 Diabetes
- Reduced Risk of High Blood Pressure
- Stroke Prevention
- Weight Loss
- Improved Brain Function
Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Several studies have shown that regular oolong tea consumption reduces blood sugar levels, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. The amount of tea consumption necessary to see reduced risks are inconclusive, but several studies have shown a correlation between tea consumption and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. -Nanjing Medical University, China
Reduced Risk of High Blood Pressure
A study at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan found a correlation between oolong tea consumption for one year or more and a reduction in the risk of developing hypertension.
Studies from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan show a correlation between oolong tea consumption and a reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease. A case-control study on the relationship between tea consumption and stroke risk in southern China by the School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, shows that long-term oolong tea consumption is associated with reduced stroke risk.
The consumption of polyphenols in combination with caffeine are linked to a boost in metabolism and a decrease in fat absorption. -Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
Improved Brain Function
Initial laboratory research suggests a correlation between lower risks of cognitive impairment and regular tea consumption. University of Singapore
At Origin Tea Company, all of our products are loose leaf teas. Tea bags often contain dust from broken tea leaves, reducing potency and efficiency. Our teas are hand picked and hand crafted from single origin family farms in Taiwan. Brewing loose leaf tea is not difficult; brewers can experiment with timing, water temperatures and quantities. I experiment with a variety of methods to reach the most appealing flavor for me, and I encourage all loose leaf tea enthusiasts to experiment as well.