Can Oolong Tea Help With Cardiovascular Diseases?
Despite the fact that it only amounts to 2% of the current worldly tea consumption, Oolong tea is slowly but steadily starting to gain some popularity. Due to its rich nutritional properties, many people claim that this tea can cure numerous health problems, including cardiovascular diseases. Based on what we knew so far, regular consumption of any type of tea is good for the health, but let’s take a look at the facts and see if can indeed help with heart problems.
Like most types of teas, Oolong has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a known fact that inflammation is the cause of most diseases, and the recommended diet for cardiovascular diseases includes a lot of foods that have the ability to reduce inflammation. So, this claim seems to be rational, but what matters is whether or not its properties are strong enough to actually make a difference. Another popular theory is that Oolong tea can help with heart problems by reducing cholesterol. It does indeed contain a olyphenol molecule which activates the lipase enzyme, which in turn can dissolve body fat.
Before we dive into the studies that have been done on this matter, we should state that tea consumption studies can be very tricky, as it is hard to measure the efficiency of a home treatment. This is due to the fact that not all the study participates are living in the same conditions and different lifestyles can significantly affect the results of any human study.
That being said, most studies related to tea consumption, analyzed the effects of green tea. A study performed in China proved that daily consumption of green tea can reduce the risk of coronary art disease. The study was performed on people who drank solely green tea, and people who drank other types of tea, and indeed green tea proved to be better. Considering the fact that Oolong shares many nutrients with green tea, it might have similar properties.
There was one study that took place in the south of Chine, which studied the risk reduction for ischemic stroke. The study was performed for people who drank tea daily, for infrequent drinkers, but also for non-drinkers. It also took into account the different types of tea that people drank, and it turned out that the best results were those of the people who drank one or two cups of Oolong daily.
As you can see, there haven’t been many studies on this matter. The results of the study are inconclusive, but promising nonetheless.Moreover, considering its composition, Oolong tea should indeed prevent heart disease and even work as a remedy, combined of course with a prescribed treatment.