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Tea…the fat burning miracle?

Is Oolong tea really a fat-burning miracle? There are so many wild and unsupported claims about foods and herbs that are supposed to help you lose weight. So it’s rather refreshing to find that wu-long tea, which is being touted as the new weight loss miracle, actually has some scientific studies that back up the claims.

However, you may discover that you’ll pay less for this tea if you buy it using the traditional spelling of its name – Oolong tea and wu-long tea are the same thing, spelled differently.

The most famous study linking Oolong tea with weight loss was published in August of 2003. Researchers at the University of Tokushima School of Medicine and seven other schools found that this Chinese tea increased the burning of calories by 10%, while women drinking green tea had an metabolic increase of 4%. Both teas increased the burning of fat when drunk after a meal, but Oolong tea appeared to do a better job.

Green tea, Oolong tea (or wu-long), and black tea all come from the same plant. The differences in the finished product that we drink comes from the differences in how long the three types of tea are processed and fermented. Green tea has been processed the least, and black tea has been processed the most. Oolong tea falls in the middle.

Chinese tea is full of anti-oxidants, which is believed to be why it prevents illnesses and protects health. Anti-oxidants are powerful fighters of free radicals.

Free radicals are oxygen containing molecules that are created as a by-product of our digestion process. These free radicals damage our cells and DNA if left unchecked. However, consuming anti-oxidants combats these free radicals before they can harm our bodies. Scientists have shown that consuming a diet high in anti-oxidants helps us to avoid serious illnesses and slows down the aging process.


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