Nutrients:What Make Oolong Tea The Ideal Drink For Your Health?

Apr 30, 2013 by

Tea is widely known to contain a variety of marvelous nutritional benefits, particularly organic chemicals and inorganic molecules. One fresh tea leaf alone contains seventy five percent water (great for skin and overall hydration) and twenty five percent dry matter, extracted from the Earth.


The dry matter is made up of 3.5% to 7% inorganic substance and 93% – 96.5% organic substances. In-depth scientific research has concluded that the tea leaf contains 700 known compounds – the organic compounds include protein, amino acids, vitamins, pectin, organic acid, carbohydrates and lipopolysaccharides (LPS), which are known to boost immunity and act to rid the body of toxins.


The inorganic elements of the tea leaf include calcium, iron, aluminum, sodium, zinc, copper, nitrogen, and manganese, which is traditionally lacking in the standard American diet.


Above is just the nutrient facts of tea in general, and in my earlier post, I covered the many benefits of oolong tea. Now, let’s dig more deeply about this tea.


Oolong tea in particular is made up of 500 compounds of the possible 700 , with organic substances alone making up more than 450 of those compounds.


For example, tie guan yin, one of the most popular varieties of oolong tea, has been shown to provide anti-aging radicals, as well as fight and prevent the onset of cancer, inhibit the production of lipoproteins which lead to obesity, alleviate mental distress, improve one’s productivity, control diabetes, speed up the metabolism, improve teeth calcification, reduce intestinal pain or stomach cramps, and aid in nicotine withdrawal, as well as hangovers.


Oolong tea contains substantially more health benefits than any traditional tea. Be sure to read to the end, as I cover 9 major categories of nutrients in oolong tea, then you must gain a better understanding of this tea.


1. Vitamins

oolong tea and vitamin

Obtaining the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals through meals alone can be difficult; this tea provides drinkers with Vitamin B1, Niacin, Vitamin C, and pantothenic acid.

Vitamin B2 is also dissolved in the tea – B vitamins are known to ease the onset of stress, mediate anxiety and depression, improve memory functioning, reduce the risk of heart disease, and relieve any premenstrual cramps.

Drinking this tea will not only be desirable to the palate, but will enable you to gain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are not easily found in food.


2. Alkaloids

oolong tea and alkaloids

Additionally, this tea is rich in alkaloids, which can boost energy, increase serotonin production, mediate muscular diseases, and inhibit the production of cancer cells.

The tea also has a variety of purine bases in the dry leaf, specifically caffeine and theobromine, which can alleviate any sleepiness or fatigue during the day.


3. Carbohydrates

oolong tea and sugar

The tea is also abundant in carbohydrates, which are an essential part of any healthy diet.

Carbohydrates have been shown to help speed up weight loss, provide the body with highly needed fiber, improve digestion, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Oolong contains monosaccharides, namely glucose, fructose, ribose, mannose, galactose, xylose, and arabinose, as well as essential disaccharides: sucrose, maltose, and lactose.

The tea is also made up of trisaccharide compounds, specifically starches, vitamins, and pectin, producing the sweet sensation that is so familiar upon the first sip.


4. Free Organic Acids

oolong tea and free organic acid

As well, free organic acids traditionally are plentiful within this tea. Food is commonly made up of free organic acids to prevent the transmission of bacteria and aid in a healthy immune response.   One fresh tea leaf of oolong alone contains, but is not limited to, dicarboxylic acid, tricarboxylic   acid (specifically malic acid), and citric acid.

The leaf also provides the body with essential fatty acids, such as hexenoic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid. This fatty acid becomes decomposed after adding hot water to the leaf, filling the air with aromatic substances that are mellow and fresh.

Compared to other teas, oolong contains significantly more polyphenols, aromatic substances, tea pigments, amino acid and inorganic constituents, marking it undoubtedly as the healthiest tea that money can buy.


5. Polyphenols

oolong tea and polyphenol

Polyphenols are found within 18 to 35 percent of the dry matter of the tea leaf, specifically in the   tea tannin.

These molecules, in turn, determine the color and taste of the tea. Benefits include improved heart health, cancer fighting properties, and anti-inflammatory response molecules.


6. Aromatic Substances

The aromatic substances of oolong are plentiful, as a result of its natural volatile flavor compounds. Different aromatic substances of different densities in turn produce different aromas for each tea.


Black tea, specifically, is produced by means of the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub. Immediately after harvest, the leaves are blown on and then either crushed, torn, or curled to process. Next, they are oxidized under a specifically controlled temperature, dried, and then sorted into grades. Black tea produces a strong, rich aroma without the use of any additives.


Green tea, on the other hand, undergoes minimal oxidation during processing, allowing the tea to maintain maximum nutritional benefits. The leaves are harvested three times a year and are either pan-fired or sun-dried to reach an acceptable level of consumption. This aroma is much more similar to that of fresh herbs.


oolong tea and aromatic substances

Oolong is produced by allowing the leaves to wither under the sun before oxidation and then curled or twisted. These specific leaves are known to let off a sweet, fruity aroma or a woody, roasted scent, due to the extended exposure to the sun. Aromatic substances are said to heal both the mind and body, stimulating psychological, as well as physical, well being.


7. Tea Pigments

Additionally, oolong is made up of an abundance of tea pigments, namely chlorophyll, carotene, lutein, flavonols, and anthocyanins. These pigments decide the color of the tea leaf and make for subtle differences between light and dark teas.

oolong tea and tea pigments

Chlorophyll provides the body with magnesium while simultaneously aiding in the formation of hemoglobin. Carotene provides the system with essential Vitamin A, strengthening immunity. Flavonols are known to rid the body of toxins, mediating chronic conditions.


8. Amino Acids

oolong tea and amino acids

Scientific research has also found that oolong contains twenty six different types of amino acids; in the tea, the most abundant acid is theanine. Theanine has been shown to reduce anxiety, as well as assist in the prevention of heart disease and cancer.


9. Inorganic Compounds

oolong tea and inorganic matters

Because oolong is made up of so many inorganic compounds, it has much more manganese, iron, fluoride, potassium, and sodium than traditional teas, thereby preventing high blood pressure, preventing aging, and boosting immunity.



Ask Community:

So, now I have a question. Will you find this information useful for you to understand more about oolong tea? What kinds of things do you want me to cover in the future?


Please share your insights in the comments below. 🙂


PS: If you decide to give oolong tea a try, there is a dedicated post for you before you actually buy it.


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