August 8th, 2014
If you've ever been to a traditional Chinese restaurant, you may have drank some of the complimentary hot tea that comes with every meal. This fragrant tea is usually a floral jasmine tea or an earthy, bold oolong tea. Oolong tea is made through a unique oxidation and withering process of leaves, buds, and stems of the Camelia sinensis plant. This tea has been around for centuries and often used to treat different ailments ranging from eczema to digestion problems. Similar to green tea, drinking oolong tea has been shown to have a host of health benefits including strengthening teeth and overall, is helpful in maintaining good oral health.
Some theorize that oolong tea was named after an ancient Chinese tea harvester named Wu Liang. Legend has it that by the end of the day of tea picking, he became distracted by a deer. Because of this distraction, Wu Liang's tea leaves had become oxidized by being kept out in the sun for too long. Oolong tea has been around for hundreds of years in China and is famously known for its healthy effects on the body. The tea is rich in vital vitamins and minerals: calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, potassium, and Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K.
There is no question that the fluoride found in toothpaste and in our water supplies is essential in maintaining great oral health and promoting strong teeth. The same cavity-fighting and enamel-strengthening fluoride is found in oolong tea. Research conducted by Osaka University's Japan Dentistry Department found that people who consumed oolong tea on a regular basis had significantly stronger teeth. The tea helped to prevent decaying, stop harmful build up of plaque, and reduced harmful enzymes that break down enamel. More specifically, oolong tea help to protect teeth from the acids produced by the bacteria responsible for cavities; Streptococcus mutans.
Oolong tea has also been shown to aid in weight loss and can boost metabolism for about 2 hours after drinking it. Furthermore, studies have shown that this powerful tea is capable of lower blood sugar, inhibiting allergic reactions, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Make sure to try this delicious tea without any added sugar to receive maximal nutrition benefits!
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