Oolong tea is a semi-fermented tea that is originally from the Anxi District of Fujian, China. This dark traditional Chinese tea has been used for many centuries to help treat or cure a number of health problems. The conditions that have been treated from drinking this tea are associated with weight loss and cardiovascular disease. Oolong tea has also been shown to have cancer fighting benefits. Polyphenol catechins are the most essential ingredients found in it, and they are responsible for its potent antioxidant properties. The antioxidants prevent free radical damage, so drinking this tea is believed to promote overall health for the body.
How Much Caffeine?
According to Chinese tea culture, oolong teas that are semi-oxidized are grouped together and called “clear tea.” Depending on how the tea is brewed, it usually has a sweet aftertaste. The tea can be prepared for social occasions, it can be used as a digestive aid for stomach disorders and some drink it simply for a particular ailment they’re suffering from.
The caffeine concentration is typically determined by the way the tea is prepared. There are also other contributing factors that pertain to the quality of the tea, such as the region in which the plant was grown, the age of the plant, the amount of leaves in each cup and how many times the tea was steeped. High quality oolong tea normally has 50 to 75 mg of caffeine per eight ounce cup. If you wish to reduce the caffeine content in your tea, it is recommended that you use less tea leaves to brew the tea for a short amount of time.