Polyphenol – Natural Antioxidant in Wu-Long Tea
Some of the most notorious signs of ageing such as dark spots on the skin, wrinkled skin, rough skin and memory loss have been reported to diminish with regular consumption of wu long tea.
Wu Long tea is rich in biological compounds called ‘polyphenols’, which make up much the tea’s weight composition. These compounds are powerful antioxidants, which have been reported to reverse the effects caused by environmental elements as well as internal elements of ageing to the body. It truly has natural anti-ageing properties.
The primary polyphenol found in Wu-Long tea is called ‘Catechin’ which makes up about 30%-40% of the teas weight composition.
Catechins act as a defence by destroying free radicals (damaging forms of oxygen) in our bodies. These free radicals are responsible for cell damage that cause many ailments and also the visible signs of aging.
Wu-Long tea with Polyphenol – Destroys Free Radicals
These free radicals are caused by many things in our environment such as pollution, cigarette smoke, eating processed food and taking prescription drugs. Even exposure to sunlight generates free radicals that age the skin, causing roughness and wrinkles. They’re everywhere and their damage is unavoidable!
One of the most abundant Polyphenols in Wu-Long tea, called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is about 25-100 times stronger than vitamins C or E. EGCG is reported to destroy free radicals in the body thus naturally defending and reversing the visible signs of ageing.
Two other powerful antioxidants unique to wu long tea are theaflavin and the arubigin. These occur in wu long tea as a result of the unique oxidization process performed specifically on loose leaf wu long tea.
One cup of Wu-Long tea has about 10-40 mg of polyphenol which is more than a serving of broccoli or spinach, which are considered high in antioxidant.
Wu Long tea -A Great way to start feeling better
There are several delicious varieties of wu long tea. The health benefits that come with drinking wu long tea which ‘defend against the visible signs of aging’ are about the same with all types and varieties of wu long teas. Experiment! Typically 2 oz. of loose tea will yield 28-30 cups as a rule.