Oolong tea leaves are plucked, kept under carefully controlled conditions and allowed to oxidize. These leaves are not intentionally broken, leaving most of the cell structure intact.
However while the caffeine content may help to make oolong tea an effective fat burner, there is actually less caffeine in oolong tea than in regular black tea – and yet it still helps to burn 157% more fat than regular black tea – so what’s the deal?
The other secret ingredient for weight loss is polyphenol and the profile found in oolong tea is highly effective to improve fat metabolism. This is because it increases the function of some enzymes – chemical catalysts which help the body to break things down etc. These enzymes help to break down the fat cells in the human body and this then can help to burn even more fat than the caffeine. The two together are even more effective.
These polyphenols also have another role – helping to block the absorption of fat in the first place. This then means that it passes through the body and isn’t absorbed to be stored but is rather excreted out. In fact in one study it was found to increase fat excretion by 50%. This makes it great to consume alongside a fatty meal – as they have been doing in China for centuries!