Reduce Heart Disease, Strokes, and Cancer by Drinking
Oolong Tea  
by Kevin Woodward
many things in your body but cholesterol also builds up on the wall of the arteries,
causing them to narrow and restrict blood flow. This can lead to several problems
including coronary thrombosis (a heart attack) and strokes, so high cholesterol levels
are not a good thing. Studies in several countries have found many kinds of tea have
some effect in reducing cholesterol in blood fats, though oolong seems to get the
best results. It is thought that the polyphenols in tea inhibit the absorption of
cholesterol in the digestive tract, thus decreasing the cholesterol levels in the
bloodstream. There is also evidence that they may decrease the blood's tendency to
form thrombi, or unwanted blood clots.

Obesity is an increasing problem these days, it is well documented that overweight
people are more likely to suffer heart problems. In the hustle-bustle of modern living,
it is easy to resort to a junk diet. This is bad news for your body because it hangs on
to the extra fat and lacks many of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are
vital for your well-being. The Chinese claim that tea can actually help reduce the
amount of fat in the tissues. Oolong tea seems to get the most publicity here,
although any tea probably has some benefits. Chinese sources cite numerous cases
of people who have lost weight while regularly drinking two or three cups of oolong a
day. Oolong mixed with other herbal ingredients is the basis for a number of teas
marketed especially for slimming. A Chinese ad for Slimming Tea claims that drinking
it for three months can help you drop up to 15 pounds off your weight. I am not
convinced that tea alone can achieve this but it seems that it can contribute as tactic
in your weight-loss strategy.

Much research is being carried out on the role of tea drinking in preventing cancer.
For example, out of 25 papers related to health presented at the Hangzhou
Symposium, almost one third reported on cancer research. Research has found that
oolong has some effect against cancer because it inhibits the formation or action of
cancer-causing substances. It seems to be the epigallo catechin gallate (EGCC) that
reduces the occurrence of uncontrolled DNA replication. Vitamin E is regarded as an
excellent antioxidant; EGCC is supposedly 200 times more effective for neutralizing
free radicals in the body. Another way oolong tea may help fight cancer is through
preventing cell mutation. The antioxidant properties of the polyphenols in oolong tea
may inhibit mutation of the DNA in healthy cells, which can cause them to become
cancer cells.

Cured meats often contain nitrates which can be converted to nitrosamines in the
digestive process. Nitrosamines are known to be carcinogenic. Tea may block the
action of nitrosamines which can cause cancer, said Dr. Han Chi, an associate
professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene under the Chinese Academy
of Preventative Medicine. In a test of 145 types of tea, she and her colleagues rated
green tea highest, with a blocking rate of 90 percent. Oolong and black tea followed
in that order as the fermentation process destroys the EGCC. The partial
fermentation of the leaves during the production of oolong tea reduces the EGCC
level by approximately fifteen percent.

Long ago in China, tea was an ingredient in immortality potions favored by the
Taoists. Still today, perhaps as an echo of those beliefs, claims are made that tea
drinking helps one to live to a ripe old age. While it is no magic fountain of youth,
some of its benefits can be said to contribute to longevity (stimulation of bodily
functions, strengthening the immune system, reducing the chance of heart disease
and improving stomach functions). The fluoride in tea can strengthen bones and help
ward off osteoporosis in the same way that it strengthens dental enamel.

When pregnant or nursing only small amounts of oolong tea should be used, it can
also interfere with MAO inhibitors and blood thinning medication. Also the
consumption of oolong tea may interfere with the absorption of medicines. This
article is intended to be for information about the nutritional benefits of oolong tea
only and should not be regarded as medical advice in its own right. You should seek
the assistance of a qualified physician if you require medical advice on any condition
mentioned in this article.


About The Author

Kevin Woodward

Want to improve your health simply and easily?
for a
healthier way of life.
There is a Chinese proverb - A daily
cup of tea or more, keeps you out of
the pharmacy. As you will shortly
see, there is a lot of truth in this
proverb. So, what is oolong tea? It is
related to green tea and black tea --
they are all produced from the same
plant. Green tea is made from the
dried leaves, whereas black tea is
made by fermentation of the leaves.
Oolong tea is made by partly
fermenting the leaves prior to drying.

Triglycerides and cholesterol are two
important fatty substances in the
bloodstream. These are essential for
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