Thursday, February 18, 2010

White Tea and Oolong Tea Review

Tea has been used as medicine for centuries. All tea can provide wonderful flavor and give folks a lifetime of sipping enjoyment. Past studies have shown that oolong and white tea have many healing properties. Studies have found that those who drink tea regularly will have greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers. Here, a little bit review about Oolong tea and white tea.

Oolong tea undergoes a partial oxidationn while white tea is not exposed to oxygen at all. White tea is obtained from tea leaves that are picked before they fully open, when the buds are still covered in fine, white hairs. That’s why it is called "white" tea. White tea has a much subtler and gentler taste, silky and smooth and almost sweet. Oolong is most commonly grown in two main countries, Taiwan and China. Other names for oolong are rock tea and brown tea.

White tea has the highest amounts of antioxidants (nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals) and is richest in B vitamins, folic acid, flavonoids and calcium, making it the most beneficial for different types of cancer and heart conditions. Compared to green tea, white tea has a concentration of antioxidantts that is three times higher (according to studies). For extra comparison, one cup of white tea has approximately twelve times as much antioxidants as fresh orange juice. White tea may also have beneficial effects for sufferers of osteoporosis and arthritis.

White tea is much more scarce than other types of tea because it is hand plucked from special bushes, during only a few ddays of early spring, and treated in such a delicate manner. This also makes white teas are more expensive.

Oolong tea contains a mid-level amount of vitamins and antioxidants but is beneficial in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. Oolong tea (also known as Wu long tea) contains only half as much EGCG as green tea, but it has higher amount of polymerized polyphenols, which may contribute to its fat burning properties. Oolong tea is best enjoyed when it is carefully prepared using whole loose leaves. This method provides us with superior aroma and flavor. Tea bags will not offer much benefits or flavor since they contain old pieces of dried up "tea dust" (also known as fannings).

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