OOLONG TEA AND WEIGHT LOSS
Oolong tea like every other tea comes from the plant, carmellia sinensis. However when it comes to the effectiveness of tea when taken primarily for the purpose of weight loss, oolong tea is premium. In fact, oolong tea has become very popular over the years, earning the endorsement of celebrities like Dr Oz and Oprah Winfrey. In countries like Korea, Japan and China, oolong tea already has a huge reputation for helping people lose fat and weight.
HOW IS OOLONG TEA DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER TYPES OF TEA
Even though all types of tea come from the same plant, it is the processing that sets them apart. Green tea is unfermented, black tea is fermented and oolong is semi-fermented. This difference in processing influences their composition and their effectiveness of their uses. Oolong tea is actually a great replacement for coffee. It is delicious, aromatic and calorie free – unlike coffee.
Oolong also contains a good quantity of polyphenol. Polyphenol is found in different types of vegetables and fruits like cherries, grapes, cabbage, broccoli and blackberries. It helps your skin get a radiant glow, prevent allergies, improve cognitive functioning, promote strong teeth and overall helps to strengthen your immune system.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Oolong tea contains anti-oxidant that will increase your metabolism by up to 10% or even more, for as long as 2 hours after drinking it. Just like the green tea and the black tea, oolong tea contains caffeine. The caffeine content coupled with the antioxidants present help to substantially boost your metabolism, potentially helping you to attain your weight-loss goals if taken consistently.
It has been scientifically proven that taking oolong tea over long period of time have the following effects:
- Increases metabolism.
- Blocks dietary fat absorption.
- Burns fat through a process called lipolysis.
The combination of these three effects of drinking oolong tea is actually what makes oolong tea so effective for weight loss.
Dr. Lauren Budd and her colleagues in University of California performed and experiment on rats using oolong tea and discovered that consuming oolong tea can cut weight gain by up to 66%.
A Japanese study conducted in 2001 by Masotoshi Nakano, drinking oolong tea regularly will take 2 years off the age of your internal organs. Participants were made to drink at least one litre of oolong tea a day and after a month, regular blood samples of the participants were collected for testing.
The researchers proceeded to calculate the age of participants’ internal organs using various indicators like cholesterol level, liver activity and blood sugar level. They discovered that the participants’ internal organs were rejuvenated by an average of 2 years and a maximum of a whooping 9 years.
The best result was obtained by a woman aged 29 years. Here cholesterol level fell significantly from 206 to 157, and her LDL (bad cholesterol) slumped from 137 to 98 and lastly, her “internal organ age” dropped from 38 to her real age of 29. Overall, out of all of the participants (eleven), 8 of them recorded 2 centimeters reduction in their upper arms while 9 of the participants also recorded 2 cm reduction in their waist. This eye opening study was a joint endeavor by Nagoya City University and Aichi Medical University institute.