What is Oolong Tea and What Benefits Does it Have?

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Oolong tea represents only 2% of the world’s tea, but it’s well-worth discovering. It combines the qualities of dark and green teas, giving it several interesting health benefits. For example, it may boost metabolism and reduce stress, helping you feel great each day. This article explains everything you need to know about oolong tea and its health benefits.

What is Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea. It’s made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make green tea and black tea. The difference is in how the tea is processed. All tea leaves contain certain enzymes, which produce a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation is what turns the green tea leaves into a deep black color.

Green tea is not allowed to oxidize much, but black tea is allowed to oxidize until it turns black. Oolong tea is somewhere in between the two, so it is partially oxidized. This partial oxidation is responsible for oolong tea’s color and characteristic taste.

This is what oolong tea looks like:

 

However, the color of the leaves can vary between different brands, ranging from green to dark brown.

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea made from the partially oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.

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