Top 7 Benefits of Oolong Tea

Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders,  and high cholesterol levels, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health. Oolong tea is fragrant with a fruity flavor and a pleasant aroma. Despite its caffeine content, it can still be extremely relaxing to drink.

The health benefits of oolong tea are basically doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. According to the Tea Association of the United States, oolong tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are only partially oxidized. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world; but oolong tea might be one of the most beneficial.

The origins of oolong tea date back almost 400 years, when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color.

Nutritional Value of Oolong Tea

Tea is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as vitamin A,vitamin B,vitamin C,vitamin E and vitamin K. Additionally, it contains folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids. It is developed in semi-fermented processing, providing the oolong tea with numerous polyphenolic compounds, adding even more valuable health benefits to oolong tea. Oolong tea also contains caffeine and theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine which on consumption may stimulate nervous system.

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

The various health benefits of oolong tea are as follows:

Weight Management

The polyphenol compound found in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of fat in the body. It activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body. It is commonly believed that daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce obesity. More widespread studies need to be done on humans, but early studies are very promising. In one animal study, mice that were given polyphenols in addition to a high-fat and high-sugar diet still showed a decline in overall body weight and fat index. Some earlier studies actually showed that the caffeine content was the active ingredient behind the weight loss, but it now appears to be mainly due to polyphenols. Apparently, the active components in oolong tea make fat work for you!

Oolongtea1Removal of harmful free radicals

The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea is also responsible for the removal of free radicals in our body, because it functions as an antioxidant and stimulates the behavior of other free radical compounds in the body. Therefore, consuming daily doses of oolong tea can help people from the potential harm that these free-moving cells often pose to the human body, including cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegeneration, and diabetes. Any antioxidant characteristic of food or drink is beneficial, but polyphenols are particularly powerful antioxidants in oolong tea.

Healthy skin

According to scientific experiments, patients diagnosed with eczema can benefit from drinking 3 cups of oolong tea throughout the day. The beneficial results of oolong tea could be seen in less than a week in these patients, who showed remarkable improvement in their skin. Although the active mechanism has not been pinpointed exactly, many believe that the polyphenols present in oolong tea also work as anti-allergenic compounds, thereby relieving irritation and chronic skin problems, known as atopic dermatitisIn a 2001 study, 54% of test subjects were found to show positive, long-lasting results in terms of skin conditions after 6 months of daily intake of oolong tea.

Healthy bones

The antioxidants present in oolong tea protect teeth against decay, strengthen the bone structure, prevent osteoporosis, and promote normal, healthy growth of the human body. A number of studies analyzed the long term effects of drinking tea, particularly on bone mineral density (BMD). It showed that people who consistently drank black or oolong tea for more than 10 years were tremendously less likely to lose their bone mineral density over that span of time. It is thought that some of the components in tea actually stimulate the retention of minerals from other food that we consume.

Controls diabetes

Oolong tea is used as an herbal brew for treating type-2 diabetic disorders and as an addition to other supplementary drugs for treating that disease. It regulates the amount of blood sugar and insulin that is in the bloodstream at any one time, so the dangerous dips and spikes in blood sugar that can be so disastrous for diabetic patients was reduced. A 2003 study showed that when combined with regular hyperglycemic drugs, oolong tea further balanced the blood sugar levels and prevented the sudden drops in almost all of the test subjects.

Anti-cancer properties

It is well-known fact that tea drinkers have a lower risk of getting skin cancer. Moreover, polyphenolic compound in oolong tea promotes apoptosis in stomach related cancerous growths. This polyphenol extract also acts a chemo-preventive instrument against the development of other cancerous forms. The compounds stifle the activation of carcinogenic cells, prevent the formation of N-nitroso compounds, and trap genotoxic agents before they can become effective.


Stress management

In a detailed study conducted at the Osaka Institute for Health Care Science in Japan, the experimental mice that ingested oolong tea showed a remarkable improvement in their stress levels by 10 to 18 %. The natural polyphenols in the oolong tea was cited as the main cause of it being such a stress-buster. Also, the L-theanine found in tea leaves is an amino acid that blocks L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain. This would normally cause cortical neuron excitement, which leads to increased cognitive activity and neural stress responses. Since this amino acid binds to those sites, excitation doesn’t occur, and stress decreases because you are more able to keep your mind at rest.

Mental performance and health

Health benefits of oolong tea include improved mental performance and alertness. Regular intake of caffeine rich oolong tea may help in improving mental performance and maintaining alertness throughout the day.

A Few Word of Caution

Despite all of these very important effects, it is important to remember that oolong tea tends to be very high in caffeine, which is not the healthiest component of this highly beneficial beverage. Caffeine treats many people differently, but some of the side effects of excess caffeine are headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, diarrhea, heartburn, irregular heartbeat, and confusion.

More serious conditions that can be exacerbated by too much caffeine are diabetes, heart conditions, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and high blood pressure. Also, drinking too much oolong tea can actually sweep out excess calcium that your body is processing. For patients with osteoporosis, this can speed up the process of bone degradation, even though other elements of oolong tea are helpful for that condition. It is best to use it as a preventative method for bone health, rather than a treatment.

In other words, drink several cups of oolong tea a day, because it might be the best kind of tea for improving your health and is also a delicious and relaxing treat. That being said, be aware that caffeine is a powerful chemical, and monitor your body’s response to this change in your diet, just as you should with all new foods and nutritional sources.

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References: Osaka Institute for Health Care Science and Tea Association

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White Tea Cancer Reaearch has some great information on loose leaf white tea which I believe is much healthier than Oolong Tea. I usually drink a variety of loose leaf white teas everyday and some times mix loose leaf white with loose leaf Osmanthus Oolong and occasionally
Pu-erh Tea. I keep stressing 'loose leaf' because the bags you get at the store do not have the nutritional value as loose leaf. And white tea tastes naturally sweet. You never want to mix anything with tea like milk or cream because again it effects the nutritional compounds. And never pour boiling water over tea, always 170-190 degrees.


Dr. Oz suggested two cups per day. I use Bigelow Oolong Tea. It's in a bluish box. It should be at a big store. It can be ordered from Target, Amazon, lots of places. There are 20 tea bags in a box. I've been drinking it since fall. I don't if it's done anything I can notice.


I just brew it and drink it without lemon or sweetener. I think tea is better that way


I have been using one bag of oolong and one bag of green this a good combination?


I bought the Twinings China Oolong Tea at a local grocer. Is it as efficient?

Tangerine Whitney

Diahria daily I hope this ends soon I'm only drinking one cup a day..


I Searched in Local stores and mall in India I could not find Oolong Tea.

I found online Chinese Tieguanyin oolong tea 100 grams for 645/-.
Is the price reasonable or High.


It's high. Uncle Lee sells oolong tea in Walmart for 2.98 for 18 bags.


To Vishal..try Asian supermarket in your area.. Price for oolong tea in my area goes for $1.89 for a box of 20 teabags.


I make a gallon with stevia (0 sugar) and put it in the fridge to drink several glasses through out the day. Triglycerides were 221 in Dec 2016/ March 2016 down to 98. The high Triglycerides levels are from genetics and not diet. Hope this helps some people.


Any pluses from the tea are quickly neutralized with the Stevia. Do the research. Artificial sweeteners tend to change the bacteria in the gut and those using artificial sweeteners have a tendency to become insulin resistant despite it being "sugar free".

Ripudaman Vohra

Thanks, Tom. I did not know that synthetic sweeteners create insulin resistance.


Stevia is not synthetic. It is made from a leaf that is naturally sweet and does not affect blood sugar.


This my understanding. Being not sugar,but sweet dose not mean synthetic .


If sweetness is a concern try brewing Oolong tea for around 10 seconds, dump the first brew (this gets rid of the caffeine and opens the leaves), the next 4 or 5 cups brew for about 10 seconds this will keep the tannins(tartness) low and the flavors high.


Except that stevia is a plant, not an artificial sugar.

Crystal Yasmeen Lewis-Milledge

3 is what most people drink however depends on your body however I never heard of anyone drinking more than 3 it can be harsh


How may cups of oolong tea can i have for a day?


Can I drink oolong tea direct after my meals or not?


Can u drink this kind of tea while pregnant?


Ask your Dr but probably not it's got caffeine


Oolong make you poolong


crude.....but funny.


OMG I was wondering if that was what was happening to me.. I think its flushing my body out. I only do one cup a day with honey..




I love this's just as good as white black and green . I give all these teas a plus in my book.


Yes it has all the benefits


Can you drink the oolong tea cold or does it work better hot.


It's better hot, because that way it can help with gas

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Veronica one can drink both hot and cold tea


Best place to purchase oolong tea is at at chinese vegetable market they have the best teas

Joseph Chance Watkins

Very Good information, thanks for sharing; Jesus Christ Bless you! 🙂


How does oolong tea differ from green tea?


How many cups should you drink a day before you start seeing the effects?


I hate the taste of tea but ... I have found that a tea bag of oolong tea is my coffee pot cuts the bitter taste in my morning coffee ( the water we drink ) thank you


where u get the oolong tea ?

Ripudaman Vohra

From Asian /Chinese stores. I got in Chicago area for $1.00 -20 bags.


where u get the oolong tea ?


Hi Johonson where r u from I may help you to get tea.


Hi Johnson, Please check nearest food stores or market for oolong tea.

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