Oolong teas is in between black tea and green tea. There is some oxidation,
but not full oxidation as in the black tea. This makes for a different tea. It has some of the benefits of black tea, some of green tea, and some of its own. This tea has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz shows.
When we look at some of the reported and research benefits of oolong tea, we find, reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart problems, inflammation issues, and high cholesterol levels. At the same time it has been shown to be providing essential antioxidants,
which tends to promote the body moving toward good bone structure, good skin and good dental health.
Some praise oolong tea as a fragrant tea with a pleasing fruity flavor and a pleasant aroma.
Surprisingly in spite of its caffeine content, it appears to be an extremely relaxing drink.
When you consider the benefits of oolong, you will note that these marvelous benefits are doubled because it combines the good health add-ons of black tea and green tea. The Tea Association of the United States tell us that oolong tea lies somewhere between green and black teas, because its leaves are only partially oxidized. Oolong tea, many say, might be one of the most beneficial teas in the world.
A. Oolong Tea’s Background
In literature oolong tea has been noticed historically back almost 400 years, when the Chinese started to use it widely, as a semi-green fermented tea. As to fermentation, the fermentation process is stopped as soon as the tea leaves begin changing their color. Black tea comes from green tea, but the black tea is fully fermented in processing. That is why it is said that oolong is between green and black tea.