3 Health Benefits of Oolong Tea (and Possible Side Effects)

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Oolong tea is an often-overlooked, semi-oxidized Chinese tea. Less popular than its Black and Green tea counterparts, Oolong tea has not only an approachable sweet flavor but also several natural health benefits to offer as well. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of Oolong tea!   

What is Oolong tea?

A traditional Chinese tea, Oolong tea is made with partially oxidized Camellia Sinensis leaves. Although it is less common in Western cultures, its sweet, floral, fruity taste often converts tea skeptics, that dislike the bitterness found in other tea varieties, into tea lovers. 

What are some different types of Oolong tea?

There are a couple of popular varieties of oolong tea; below is a list with links to our guides on everything you need to know about each one:

  1. Tie Guan Yin Tea (Iron Goddess of Mercy)
  2. Da Hong Pao Tea (Big Red Robe)

3 Health Benefits of Oolong Tea:

1. Abundance of antioxidants

Since it is only semi-oxidized, Oolong tea is chock-full of antioxidants such as theaflavins and thearubigins, as well as catechins. Long story short, oolong tea is loaded with all of the free-radical scavenging good stuff!  

2. May boost heart health

Drinking Oolong tea may boost your heart health; studies have shown that it may even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It has also been noted that Oolong tea may help those that are dealing with coronary artery disease

3. May aid oral health

A cup of Oolong may improve the health of your pearly whites!  Research has shown that oolong tea may reduce dental plaque. Furthermore, the natural fluoride content of Oolong tea may help to protect your teeth from decay and cavities.

Possible Side Effects of Oolong Tea:

Oolong tea, when consumed in moderation, is generally considered safe for most people. However, there are always possible side effects. Some tea drinkers may be more sensitive to things like caffeine than others and may experience caffeine-related side effects. Furthermore, if you have specific health conditions, you may need to avoid beverages such as Oolong tea. Always speak to your healthcare provider to clarify it if is safe for your personal situation.

1. Upset Stomach

The caffeine found in Oolong tea may cause digestive issues, upset stomach, and/or nausea for those that are caffeine-sensitive, or if it is consumed in large quantities. 

2. Trouble Sleeping

It is not advisable to consume Oolong tea before bed, as those that are caffeine-sensitive may experience things like difficulty sleeping, headache, jitteriness, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, or nervousness. If you experience any of these symptoms after drinking Oolong tea, refrain from future consumption and contact your healthcare provider.

3. Use caution during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid or limit their consumption of caffeine; discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

4. Avoid while taking blood-thinning medications or supplements.

It is best to avoid drinking Oolong tea if you are taking blood-thinning medications, herbs, or supplements (such as garlic, ginger, and ginkgo biloba). As always, if you are unsure about your personal situation, discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor before trying something new, such as Oolong tea. 

5. Use caution if you have a heart condition

High levels of caffeine can cause irregular heartbeats; if you suffer from any heart conditions, use caution and speak with your doctor before adding Oolong tea to your diet. 

In conclusion, Oolong tea is a delicately sweet and pleasant beverage with several positive health benefits and may be a great drink option, when consumed in moderation, for many people. 

Disclaimer: The information found in this post is for informational purposes only, and is in no way medical advice. Always consult your doctor or healthcare provider for any questions or concerns you have regarding your personal health situation and before introducing something new to your diet, such as Oolong tea. 

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