Oolong tea, like green and black tea, is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. But while green tea and black tea represent two extremes of the fermentation spectrum (green tea is not fermented and black tea is fermented until it turns, well, black), oolong is just chillin’ in the middle.
Best of all? It’s a mash-up of all the best things about green tea and black tea.
Oolong tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), according to a research review. EGCG is one of the superstar components of green tea that gives it many of its benefits — like helping to prevent memory loss and cognitive declines. Oolong tea, like green tea, may help improve blood sugar control.
Sipping on oolong tea can provide the same fat burning boost as caffeine — without interfering with your sleep. In fact, according to one small study, oolong may be a bit more powerful than caffeine in helping you feel the burn. It can strenghten bones, fight cancer cells due to compounds like catechins and antioxidants. It can also reduce cholesterol and decrease stress.