Paragliding at Temi Tea

For hours I surfed, predicting the mountain swell,
Riding breaks and soaring off the crest.
And then I cruised back to the Earth, landing on the Tea-greens
Feeling heaps, and way less stressed

The poem above forks out another promise of maiden reality from the vision-quiver of the current MD Ms Mrinalini Shrivastava at Temi, Sikkim. Yes one more maiden venture Temi offers & would open its adventurous joys to the outside world is Paragliding.

I read somewhere that longitude or latitude is neither an attitude nor a mystified contemplation of a sausage roll on a shelf. Ok then. Tell it to the feathers, mystic beak in realm, tell it to the cloven hooves trotting in the towns, tell it to a block of frozen ice, soon to break and thaw, and don’t forget the number two waiting at the door. And now go bake a cake using a lorry, a car and a huge seventy acre highway. It’s Temi Tea garden all way –

Kudos again to the current management that opens up a vista of new possibilities in this part of south Sikkim.

Paragliding elsewhere in Sikkim has become an increasingly popular adventure sports. And why not. Who would not love to see the magnificent Himalayan range and the snow peaks from the sky as you fly like a bird and the look below to see the stunning mountain landscape of Sikkim and Heavens above.

In fact there is no experience or training required to enjoy paragliding.
As per plan the operators at Temi proposes to offer Tandem Flights … where an experienced and certified pilot will accompany you. Both pilot and the passenger sit safely and comfortably in harness which is attached to the paraglider. The pilot takes care of the entire flight and its navigation. So after an easy take off, you will only enjoy the flight with breathtaking views.

A few snippets – you should be physically fit and within normal weight limits (90 kgs). While the pilot does the bulk of the job, you will need to participate in take off and landing. So wear sneakers, jeans/trousers etc.

Paragliding location and flights in Temi

A section at the garden has made way for take off including flattening of space for landing too –

Proposed paragliding flights you can enjoy are offered with Tandem Flights which means there will be a certified pilot with you.

The first type of Paragliding flight is known as Medium Fly. As the name suggests, you will fly at a medium altitude of about 1000 – 1200 meters and will get a lovely aerial view of Tarku township as well as that of Himalayan snow peaks. The take off location for Medium Fly Paragliding is at one of the sections at the garden. The flying time is 5-10 minutes. Landing takes place at another section at the garden near the diocese of Barabangla-

Pictures below portray the mystic experience that awaits you

The second type of paragliding flight is High Flywhere you will fly at a higher altitude. The take off location is being decided.

Indicative Rates

  • Medium fly: Rs. 2,500/- per person.
  • High Fly: Rs. 4,500/- per person.

Start making your advance bookings. The operators at Temi plan to arrange hotel pickup and drop at additional cost. It can take up to 2 hours for the entire paragliding trip including flying time and ground movements.

Welcome to a whole world of new experience …

Temi – Community Based Approach – A Qualitative Concept for Tourism

Temi & Tea

Tea Tourism is a relatively new concept in the world and Sikkim can be a new entrant to the field. Tea centered tourism has already become popular in South India and Bengal Dooars. Adjacent Darjeeling also started making organized efforts to promote Tea Tourism centering some of the selected heritage gardens like “Makai Bari” and “Margate’s Hope”. Up on the hills with cool breeze and misty weather, Tea Gardens form a wonderland where tea grows in the finest form like nowhere else in the world. The Heritage Tea Estate at Temi definitely adds to this existing list of gardens as an attraction.

Temi in South Sikkim, a quintessential hamlet in high mountains is a familiar destination in the tourist circuit – a must in the bucket list of places to visit. The tea garden of Temi is laid over an idyllic sloping green up in the mountains at an average height of 1200 to 1800 meters. The road to Namchi meanders through the sprawling tea bushes and cherry trees, looking over a flowing Teesta river deep below in the gorge. In seasons, the greens are dotted with Pluckers in their colourful costumes bent over the tea bushes – making the passage thriving with sparkling goings-on.

What does tourism mean to you? To many, the word conjures images of idyllic beaches, mesmeric garlands of mountain ranges, fascinating historical excursions, or even a long overdue opportunity for retail therapy. But what does tourism mean to the communities being visited? Are we aware of the effects it has on them?

For the past couple of years Ms Mrinalini Shrivastava has been developing a workable and effective process for implementing a tourism policy for Temi and its attractions around. The biggest issues that could delay, or even scuttle, such a project are: commitment, short-termism, and the commoditisation of the tourism experience.

Tourism: The Briefest of Histories

Tourism has developed greatly over the past few centuries. It is no longer an activity reserved to the elite. In 2017, traveller totals reached 1,586 million globally, a rise of 52 million from the previous year. Of those, more than half (53%) travelled for leisure purposes. This comes despite the threats of terrorism, natural cataclysms, and economic recession.

As of date tourism success is pegged against absolute numbers, a kind of short-term analysis that has many shortcomings. Principal stakeholders––politicians and business people––need practically instant, tangible returns on investment, a modus operandi that is simply unsustainable.

The ‘carrot’ many businesspersons and politicians dangle in front of the communities––the employment opportunities––is not quite as fresh and enticing as it once was given that many of the jobs in hospitality and tourism are being taken up by so called outsiders.

Collaboration between stakeholders is key to answer this question.

And this cannot be a reactive strategy, a result of market forces or legal requirements. It has to be a move that is understood to be the way Temi avoids that commoditisation and development which reduces the very character and uniqueness which attracted the tourist at the outset.

In Sikkim, tourism is considered as a natural industry that enjoys policy thrusts and factor advantages. The attached thrust matrix clearly establishes the rationale behind the current initiative of sustainable development through area tourism development in Temi and Tarku. The local Organic Tea Garden is ideally suited to place a central role to create the investment environment by attracting visitors in adequate numbers to the area. In the last decade, tourism sector in Sikkim has seen a growth rate of 12 % and its contribution to the state’s GDP is estimated to be around 8 % (Source HDR, 2014) The Gross State Domestic Product of Tourism Sector in 201314 has been valued at Rs 55,914 crores with an annual growth rate of 16.34% over the previous year.

The following table presents the visitor statics during the period 2011 to 2016.

The above data indicates that visitors from overseas locations have nearly doubled over last five years and CAGR of total visitors are in the range of 8.87% pa over the same period. Further analysis of data since 2010 – indicates that

  • 78% of overseas visitors and 64% of domestic visitors staying overnight, are Leisure Tourists
  • 77% of visitors prefer to stay as compared to 23% of same day visitors – though in case of Temi – Tarku, the visitors are mostly same day tourists who prefer to stay either in Rabang La or Gangtok.
  • USA, UK, Spain, and Canada are top markets while South Africa and Netherlands are the low contributors of foreign tourists. Nepal also contributes approximately 7% in this category. o It is a popular family destination, where female visitors outnumber males in both domestic as well as foreign visitor categories.
  • For both domestic and foreign visitor segments Sikkim is preferred by mid-income groups – which for overseas visitors is mid–to–high [> US$ 80,000 pa]
  • Small private accommodations with around 11 to 15 rooms are most preferred enjoying approximately 40% of the market
  • Travel mode is arranged directly by domestic visitors, while 67% of foreign visitors operate through Tour Operators for local transportation
  • Average duration of stay is around 1.2 days for both segment of visitors based on occupancy data analysis – while the visitors based out of Gangtok region, the day count tends to be around 2.1 days
  • Sikkim is preferred by visitors of the age groups 25 – 34 and 35 to 44 [70% of total] from domestic segment and by 25 to 34 age group [69% of total] in the foreign visitor segment.

A recent study on forecasting the visitor count in Sikkim has established that – though both domestic and foreign segment is increasing at 8.77% pa [CAGR] and the trend is expected to continue, there are specific trends where –

  • Domestic segment has a distinct seasonality factor with high peaks and lows, over the span of 12 months studied for 7 consecutive years where as
  • Foreign segment does not have any annual seasonality factor as most of the visitors use a 6monthly window each year without any specifically identifiable Highs or lows.

These trends are important to note as they have direct bearing on any capacity planning. Further, fragile, and sensitive ecology of Sikkim, specifically the rich flora and fauna of South Sikkim, makes it imperative that limits are to be imposed externally to create any capacity and controlling the visitor flow in the future. The state is already having a visitor flow that is close to 100% of its population base.

While planning for any sustainable economic development in Sikkim, it is pertinent to note the factors that presents Sikkim advantage

  • Natural resources – Sikkim is naturally endowed with rich flora and fauna. Its climate and topographical conditions support industries such as agriculture, horticulture, food processing, tourism and nontimber forest produce.
  • Policy and fiscal incentives – The state follows the North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy, 2007, which makes any investment proposal for the state highly competitive by providing several incentives and concessions
  • Institutional support – The state provides excellent institutional support through various central and state government agencies viz., North East Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Commerce, and Industries Department. [Incidentally, it will be interesting to note that the Temi Tea Garden is owned by Commerce & Industries Department, Government of Sikkim.]
  • Facilitating infrastructure – Sikkim is well connected by state and national roads. Telecommunication connectivity compares with the national standards. Air connectivity is also being developed in the state that is expected to start operations in the near future.
  • Rich Labour Pool – Sikkim has a high literacy rate; with the establishment of Sikkim Manipal University and the Sikkim University, the quality and quantity of employable graduates has improved in the state.
  • Stable political environment – The state has a stable political set up committed towards creating a progressive business environment.

Based on analysis of available data, visitor pattern experienced specific to South Sikkim [with focus on Temi – Tarku region], and investment facilitating advantages detailed above – it is forecasted that

  • Accommodation be made for 200 bed-nights in the region providing for 10% of the total visitor nights [i.e. based on an average 300-day operation pa – a capacity be created for 60,000 bednights].
  • Food & Beverages capacity should be around 78,000 covers p.a. assuming an additional 28% of visitors will be same day tourists. This means, an approximately 18,000 cover space to be created only for Cafes and Restaurants.

The capacity proposed needs to be created over a time span of 12 to 18 months, so that the region gets ready to meet the requirements of the expected visitor’s inflow and associated facilities & services supports.

Qualitative Concept for Tourism

The solution here is to build strong synergies based on trust and honesty between all stakeholders, and to maximise those skills which each group or organisation can provide the project or initiative with.

The MD of Temi Tea Estate MS Mrinalini Shrivastava IPS (she is from the Indian Police Services and of DIG rank) opined with a lot of conviction that Marketing is the final issue. She said cutting into the market share of any established tourism industry means looking for that potential client who wants to be at a destination rather than the one who happens to be there. The challenge here is to persuade practitioners that new and diverse experiences can offer a broader perspective of a destination and reduce the uncertainties of the mainstream markets. This also, however, feeds into the first issue of financial resources. Temi would need to rebrand to attract a different kind of tourist –

Looking to communities

The research project to develop community-based tours, which is being spearheaded by Mrinalini Shrivastava & The Temi Tourism Committee will provide the basis for developing a strategy or policy document on the Introduction of Community-Based Tourism for the Temi and may even serve as a template for other destinations.
Mrinalini is striving to develop the project in five stages. We started with the development of itineraries and maps together with local councils, local businesses, and the local community. These itineraries list those places of interest in any locality (town or village) that have socio-cultural value as well as a living history. These itineraries serve as a guide for visitors who would like to learn more about the locality, but are also a vehicle through which the local community can develop a sense of awareness and belonging, a vital element in the creation of a sustainable and authentic visitor experience. She has an infectious smile when she proclaims the same with elan laced with conviction.

The next stage involves the development of community-based tours, activities where the visitor has the opportunity to meet the locals rather than simply looking at the places they inhabit. This whole process will mirror the development of the itineraries and maps, turning it into a collaborative effort that meets the needs of all involved.

At the next stage, the community-based tour will undergo a marketing process that is unique. Rather than looking at promoting this tour for groups, it should offer an opportunity for one-to-one personalised hospitality and service. Besides an online presence, there also needs to be hospitality meetings with potential visitors who prefer this more individual experience.

The final stage consists of a continuous study to monitor the progress of the community-based tour and itineraries. The monitoring should be used to tweak and perfect the original project.

Temi Tourism that works

This shift is a challenge. Financial means are another hurdle as are the differing aims of organisations. However, consistent and continuous commitment by all the key stakeholders through dialogue, trust, and synergy combined with rigorous planning and implementation of a long-term plan that satisfies the needs of all involved is the only way towards an integrated, holistic, and inclusive tourism strategy. It needs to be sustainable and responsible to offer the quality destination the Maltese Islands deserve.

In addition to above, keeping the profile of an average visitor in perspective, the MD further proposes to create tourism activities to create additional attractions using the nature and creative investments.

A few additional projects proposed are as follows-

  • Short & Long Trekks: identify eco-tourism/high-terrain trails that will attract the young visitors interested in trekking. Lots of visitors come to Sikkim Himalayas for high terrain trekking experience. Identified Trekks need to be promoted globally as well as in the domestic market. For Trekks longer than a day facilities for camping, storing and porter services to be created, besides organizing trained guides. – Implementation: Short Trekks – Immediate | Long Trekks – Intermediate.
  • Adventure Sports: create facilities for Zip Lines, Biking, Para Gliding, Pony Ride, and similar adventure sports.
    • Mountain biking facilities can be created within the garden perimeters after careful survey of the locale and without impacting the organic nature of its operations. – Implementation: Immediate
    • Pony Rides are also easy to start with low investments using the Garden paths. – Implementation: Immediate
    • However, Zip Lines or Para Gliding facilities can be created only after proper survey of locations. – Implementation: Survey – Immediate | Execution – Intermediate
  • Day Trips: Create linkages to nearby interests – Rabang / Namchi using the local taxi and tour operators.

To operationalize these projects, it is essential that detailed plans are made immediately for the following

  • Creating a coordination agency that will synchronize all the stake holders like local taxi operators, tour operators and the facilities operators
  • Arrange for short duration training for all the operators using the State Institutions with specially designed short skill development courses

She signs of with her signature anthem

“Thoughts are your own motivations – keep them a fillip – Temi & tourism will go a long way”

Green Tea Extract Helps You Lose Weight

green-tea-temiThe popularity of drinking tea has exponentially increased. According to, to the Tea Association in The US, over 158 million and around 165 million in the US and Great Britain drink tea, daily, respectively. In the Australian market, tea accounts for 13% of the overall hot drinks value of sales in 2014, according to the Euromonitor website.

There are many benefits of drinking tea. For one, it can help boost the immune system, as documented by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Secondly, tea can rehydrate the body.

Per report from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the caffeine content in the tea, in 200 to 250 ml of fluid, is not correlated to excessive fluid loss of dehydration. Dehydration happens when the caffeine is used in high doses or bolus. However, when it is at the minimum level, 200-250 ml, this is not significant. (Huffingtonpost, 2014).

Similarly, for those who are trying to lose weight, can also benefit from drinking green tea extract. According to the research study “Beneficial effects of green tea extract: A Literature Review,” 2010, authors, Chacko, et a.l., reported that human studies indicated that drinking green tea and green tea extract may help reduce the body weight, mainly body fat, by increasing postprandial thermogenesis and fat oxidation. (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health).

Vital Nutrients

Green tea extract contains a significant phytochemical called polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. The research findings revealed that the six overweight men, who were given 300 mg of EGCG for every two days. They have the potential to increase fat oxidation or burning of fats.

Green tea’s contribution to anti-obesity is vital. What remains a challenge for those who want to see the  promising results of green tea in relation to weight loss, is the brand or type of green tea extract to purchase. There are many competing brands in the market today, both online and offline and picking one can be difficult.

Mind massage

Temi is a small village situated in South-East Sikkim. The Himalayan Ranges covered with green and thick rain-forests and varied coloured flowers and birds makes this place a heaven on Earth. The wonderful Temi Tea garden adds to the splendour.

The Estate is located in South East Sikkim, adjacent to Rabongla, a place which is not an unusual attraction for foreigners and travellers from around the world. This place has a geographical advantage of the Soulful view of the inexplicable Mount Kanchenjunga. An open corridor between the Mountain and Temi makes a clear and picturesque view possible. Temi is also the perfect place to view the entire Himalayan Range of Sikkim from various viewpoints.

The gravel roads and the mystique thoroughfare not much wider than a pathway, smoothly runs ahead. You could even mistake it for a grey river with slow currents had the orange and yellow fallen leaves of autumn not remained static on it. Lined by trees in fall colours, just like the old advertisement of the Lakme winter care lotion, where a woman from one car makes faces at a child in another, the road leads to the Blue Mountains in the distance.

This had been my dream destination since childhood and I had imagined, painted and written stories about living in such a locale. Part of this dream (the Blue Mountains) came true during the six-month-long stay in Temi. The hills that form the South Sikkim belt changes their pattern, height, colour and even texture with the changing moods of the clouds and mist that often creates barriers between us. This was pretty amusing especially when you are living in a town that does not offer much variation in your life.
If you had the patience you could actually see the rains pour down from the grey clouds in the distance during monsoon, from the balconies of the homestays that are beads around the Estate. The greenery around, the mountains, the forests & the Estate literally suck away the pollution that gets formed at the town-centres elsewhere, (literally, a km or a little more in circumference).

If you are a momo lover, you will not complain if you are here. The Estate is all about glory with its ivy Tea to boast and the bliss it offers with eyes and hearts yearning for mote & more.

The World that’s never lost

Located in South Sikkim, the Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla was established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim. The grading of tea from Temi Tea Garden is of top quality tea, generating huge demand in the international market. The British traditions of making and taking tea have little relevance in Sikkim as tea plantations here are a post-independence affair.
It may be succinctly observed that unlike the British cup of tea, tea in Sikkim is not served in a set where the leaves are steeped separately. Rather, tea here is consumed with both milk and sugar and the tea leaves are not prepared separately by being steeped. Instead, the tea leaves are boiled along with additions and then boiled again after the addition of milk, sugar and spices like cardamom and cinnamon.

There are many other popular variations of Sikkim tea depending on regional affiliations. Like in Hee Gaon (an indigenous village in West Sikkim), popular tea are brewed with Seremna (an intensive cardamom seed found only in Hee Gaon).

The floral composition of Temi in Sikkim is also exclusive as it consists of broad leaf vegetation comprising Uttis, Kattusand Malata. Temi Tea estate’s surroundings and approach road have also been made more scenic by planting pine, prunes and cherry trees.

Its not surprising that Temi Tea is sold in the international market at prices that go up to Rs 7,500 per kg (US$ 120 per kg). That’s the international scenario, coming back to tea-drinkers like us, let me tell you that Temi tea is indeed unique for its quality and its vigour can be best felt with an infusion of cardamom & cinnamon. Behold and Devour, our five senses do meet its desired destination once you are at Temi.

Health effects of tea

According to legend, the health effects of black tea have been examined ever since the first infusions of Camellia sinensis about 4700 years ago in China. Emperor Shennong claimed in The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic that Camellia sinensis infusions were useful for treating a variety of disease conditions.

Historically as well as today, in regions without access to safe drinking water, the boiling of water to make tea has been effective in reducing waterborne diseases by destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Recently, concerns have been raised about the traditional method of over-boiling tea to produce a decoction, which may increase the amount of pesticides and other harmful contaminants released and consumed.

Black tea has been studied extensively for its potential to lower the risk of human diseases, but none of this research is conclusive as of 2015.

By constituents or substances
Aluminum, iron and other metals
Further information: Aluminum § Health concerns

Tea drinking accounts for a high proportion of aluminum in the human diet. The levels are safe, but there has been some concern that aluminum traces may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study additionally indicated that some teas contained possibly risky amounts of lead (mostly Chinese) and aluminum (Indian/Sri Lanka blends, China). There is still insufficient evidence to draw firm conclusions on this subject.

Most studies have found no association between tea intake and iron absorption. However, drinking excessive amounts of black tea may inhibit the absorption of iron, and may harm people with anaemia.

Fluoride exposure

All tea leaves contain fluoride; however, mature leaves contain as much as 10 to 20 times the fluoride levels of young leaves from the same plant.

By conditions

Cancer

In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there was very little evidence to support the claim that green tea consumption may reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

The US National Cancer Institute reports that in epidemiological studies and the few clinical trials of tea for the prevention of cancer, the results have been inconclusive. The institute “does not recommend for or against the use of tea to reduce the risk of any type of cancer.” … “Inconsistencies in study findings regarding tea and cancer risk may be due to variability in tea preparation, tea consumption, the bioavailability of tea compounds (the amounts that can be absorbed by the body), lifestyle differences, and individual genetic differences.” Though there is some positive evidence for risk reduction of breast, prostate, ovarian, and endometrial cancers with green tea, it is weak and inconclusive.

Meta-analyses of observational studies have concluded that black tea consumption does not appear to protect against the development of oral cancers in Asian or Caucasian populations, the development of esophageal cancer or prostate cancer in Asian populations, or the development of lung cancer.

Cardiovascular disease

Black tea consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of stroke. Green tea and black tea both have a beneficial effect on endothelial function (and thus arterial health). However, the addition of milk to the tea completely blunts the tea’s artery-relaxing effects.

A 2013 Cochrane review of randomized controlled trials (RCT) greater than 3 months duration concluded that long-term consumption of black tea slightly lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressures (about 1–2 mmHg). This conclusion was based on limited evidence. Another meta-analysis of RCTs reached a similar conclusion.

Cognitive decline

Tea may have a protective effect against age-related cognitive impairment/decline and dementia later in life, based on correlations found in epidemiological studies; if there is a protective effect it is not dependent on dose and there appears to be a stronger effect for women than men. However, the association is not found in all cognitive domains investigated.

Fracture risk

Tea consumption does not appear to affect the risk of bone fracture including hip fractures or fractures of the humerus in men or women.

Hyperlipidemia

A 2013 Cochrane review concluded that long-term black tea consumption lowers the blood concentration of LDL cholesterol by 0.43 mmol/L (or 7.74 mg/dL).

Weight loss

Green tea is commonly believed to be a weight loss aid, but there is no good evidence that its consumption has any meaningful benefit in helping overweight or obese people to lose weight, or that it helps them to maintain a healthy body weight.
The fluoride content of a tea leaf depends on the leaf picking method used and the fluoride content of the soil from which it has been grown; tea plants absorb this element at a greater rate than other plants. Care in the choice of the location where the plant is grown may reduce the risk. It is speculated that hand-picked tea would contain less fluoride than machine-harvested tea, because there is a much lower chance of harvesting older leaves during the harvest process. A 2013 British study of 38 teas found that cheaper UK supermarket tea blends had the highest levels of fluoride with about 580 mg per kilogram, green teas averaged about 397 mg per kg and pure blends about 132 mg per kg. The researchers suggested that economy teas may use older leaves which contain more fluoride. They calculated a person drinking a litre of economy tea per day would consume about 4 mg of fluoride, the maximum recommended amount of fluoride per day but below the maximum tolerable amount of 10 mg fluoride per day.

Theanine and caffeine

Tea also contains theanine and the stimulant caffeine at about 3% of its dry weight, translating to between 30 mg and 90 mg per 8 oz (250 ml) cup depending on type, brand and brewing method. Tea also contains small amounts of theobromine and theophylline. Dry tea has more caffeine by weight than dry coffee; nevertheless, more dry coffee than dry tea is used in typical drink preparations, which results in a cup of brewed tea containing significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee of the same size.

The caffeine in tea is a mild diuretic. However, the British Dietetic Association has suggested that tea can be used to supplement normal water consumption, and that “the style of tea and coffee and the amounts we drink in the UK are unlikely to have a negative effect [on hydration]”.

 

Sources from Wikipedia

Benefits of Oolong Tea

Himalayan Tea Garden

Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart diseases, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin, and good dental health. Oolong tea is fragrant with a fruity flavour and a pleasant aroma. Despite its caffeine content, it is still a relaxing drink.

The health benefits of oolong tea are doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea and green tea. According to the Tea Association of the United States, this tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are partially oxidized. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world, but oolong tea is one of the most beneficial.

The origin of oolong tea dates back almost 400 years when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their colour. Temi Tea has gowned same kind of organic oolong tea in the opposite side of Himalaya at Temi tea estate, Sikkim, India.

Oolong Tea Nutrition Facts

This tea is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium, manganese, copper, carotene, selenium, and potassium, as well as vitamin A, B, C, E, and vitamin K. Additionally, it contains folic acid, niacinamide, and other detoxifying alkaloids. It is developed in semi-fermented processing, which provides the tea with numerous polyphenolic compounds and adds even more valuable health benefits. Oolong tea also contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine (which are similar to caffeine) that on consumption may stimulate the nervous system.

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

With so many health benefits and a relaxing effect it has for you, the inclusion of this tea in your diet is a great idea. Let’s have a look at the incredible benefits of oolong tea.

Manages Weight

The polyphenolic compound found in oolong tea is very effective in controlling the metabolism of the fat in the body and reducing obesity. It activates certain enzymes, thereby enhancing the functions of fat cells in the body and a daily consumption of this tea can reduce obesity. In one study, mice that were given polyphenols in addition to a high-fat and high-sugar diet still showed a decline in overall body weight and fat index. Some earlier studies actually showed that the caffeine content was an active ingredient for weight loss, but it now appears to be mainly due to the polyphenols. Apparently, the active components in oolong tea make fat work for you.

 

Removes Harmful Free Radicals

The polyphenolic compound in oolong tea is also responsible for the removal of free radicals in our body because it functions as an antioxidant and stimulates the behaviour of these compounds in the body. Therefore, consuming daily doses of oolong tea can help people against the potential harm that these free-moving cells often pose to the body, including cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegeneration, and diabetes.

Other Benefits

  1. Prevents Ovarian Cancer
  2. Prevents Cancer
  3. Skin Care
  4. Treats Atopic Dermatitis
  5. Improves Bone Health
  6. Controls Diabetes
  7. Manages Stress
  8. Improves Mental Health