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Oolong Tea Helps With Weight Loss

by Colleen Fleiss on January 9, 2021 at 4:51 AM
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Oolong Tea Helps With Weight Loss

Drinking two cups of oolong tea stimulates fat breakdown while you sleep, stated University of Tsukuba researchers. The findings of the study are published in the journal Nutrients.

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The degree of oxidation (a chemical reaction that turns tea leaves black) defines its specific type. Green tea is unoxidized and mild in flavor. Black tea comes from complete oxidation. Oolong tea is partially oxidized and displays characteristics of both green and black tea. But the health benefits of oolong tea remain more of an unknown.

"Like all teas, oolong contains caffeine, which impacts energy metabolism by increasing our heart rate. However, studies suggest that tea consumption may also increase the breakdown of fat, independent of the effects of caffeine," explains senior author of the study Professor Kumpei Tokuyama.
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"We therefore wanted to examine the effects of oolong consumption versus caffeine alone on energy and fat metabolism among a group of healthy volunteers."

Researchers found that both oolong tea and pure caffeine increased fat breakdown by about 20% in the healthy volunteers than the placebo.

Oolong tea continued to affect while the participants were asleep. Volunteers developed a tolerance to the stimulatory effects of caffeine over the 2-week study period.

Drinking oolong tea is unlikely to prevent you from getting a good night's rest.

According to Professor Tokuyama: "The stimulatory effects of oolong tea on fat breakdown during sleep could have real clinical relevance for controlling body weight. However, we need to determine whether the effects we observed in the 2-week study translate into actual body fat loss over a prolonged period."

"In addition, we want to trial a decaffeinated oolong tea to better distinguish the effects of caffeine from other components of tea, which will help us understand exactly how oolong helps with fat breakdown." Oolong Tea Benefits

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Aids digestion
  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Prevents tooth decay
Source: Medindia
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