Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Similar to black tea, Dilmah Oolong tea is derived from the same plant, Camellia sinensis and undergoes the same unorthodox manufacturing style to ensure its freshness and goodness.
In essence, it follows a similar manufacturing process as black tea although the oxidation is for a very short time. Oolong tea is usually much darker and stronger in taste than green tea, but Oolong is lighter in colour than most black teas and usually has a more delicate taste.
Are Caffeine Levels in Black, Green and Oolong Tea the Same?
Generally, the cultivars used for green tea processing contain lower levels of caffeine than in cultivars used for black tea processing. Therefore, green tea could contain relatively less amounts of caffeine. However, there could be exceptions as many other factors, such as plucking standard, also influence the caffeine levels. Oolong tea could be produced using cultivars intended for both green tea and black tea production. Therefore, oolong tea could contain varying amounts of caffeine.
Oolong helps with Digestion
A cup of Oolong tea is known to help with digestion. Acting as a mild disinfectant, Oolong tea can clear bad bacteria from your digestive tract, thereby reducing inflammation from acid reflux and ulcers. The smoother flavour of a hot brew of Oolong tea is soothing and calming for the stomach.
Oolong Tea Improves Bone Health
Fluoride found in Oolong tea is used in dental hygiene products such as toothpaste and mouthwash and is even added to mineral water for the health benefits it carries. The antioxidants found in Oolong tea can also reduce dental plaque and improve the quality of tooth enamel. The consumption of Oolong tea is also known to increase bone density.
Oolong Tea for Weight Loss
Oolong tea calories are almost zero as it contains no sugar! This cuppa can be consumed in between meals instead of snacks to keep the carbs away and keep you hydrated instead! Further research has found that the regular consumption of tea overall does show signs of weight loss, although it is mentioned that it’s best paired with exercise.
Overall, Oolong tea is simply another variant from the Camellia sinensis plant, and therefore gives you most of tea’s health benefits, from enhancing oral health, and preventing one from common non-communicable diseases. Regular consumption of this brew is bound to keep your body and mind healthy.
How to Brew Dilmah Oolong Tea
To make a cup of Dilmah Oolong tea, follow the below steps:
- Boil fresh water
- Add 1 teaspoon of Dilmah Oolong tea into a cup and pour 220ml of water over it.
- Steep for about 2-3 minutes until it turns bright orange or red.
- Strain the leaves out.
- Add sweeteners like honey if preferred.