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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:49 PM

7 Interesting facts about Oolong Tea

When it comes to traditional tea, we have four main types, black, oolong, green, and white.

Each main classification can branch out into literally thousands of varieties, each one having its own distinct characteristic. All tea can provide wonderful flavor, offer many health benefits, and give folks a lifetime of sipping enjoyment.

So, brew a cup, sit back, and learn 7 interesting facts about the increasingly popular oolong tea.

1) Along with its three cousins, oolong originates from the same Camellia sinensis tea plant. Ultimately, it is the processing and fermentation that leaves go through which will determine what type they will become.


From WebMD.

Oolong tea is a product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea. The difference is in the processing. Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented.

Oolong tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness. It is also used to prevent cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

Some people use oolong tea to treat obesity, diabetes, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol and skinallergies such as eczema; and to boost the immune system.

How does it work?

Oolong tea contains caffeine. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles. Oolong tea also contains theophylline and theobromine, which are chemicals similar to caffeine.


Oolong Tea: Covering the Basics
There's one question I get asked on more-or-less a daily basis, and it is this: What is the deal with Wu Long slimming tea? The term "wu long" is almost always used, and the word "slimming" appears just about every time as well.

It's actually a good question, and I don't get tired of answering it. My punk-rock roots are showing: every time I answer this question I get to save someone from being scammed by an evil corporation.

But let's back up. Let's discuss what exactly this tea is, how it's made, and how it tastes, and then we'll talk about diets.

First of all, "wu long," while accurate, is not the preferred term. Coming from the Chinese "wu"--"black"--and "lung"--dragon--the tea is more commonly termed "oolong" in the West--in fact, is considered the standard.


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Art_from_Ark Feb 2013 #1

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:00 PM

1. Interesting that the Chinese characters for Oolong

have different meanings in Chinese and Japanese. In Japanese, the characters mean "crow" and "dragon" 烏龍.

At any rate, maybe I'll have some Oolong tea today. Kampai!

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