Is Oolong the Secret Behind Youthful Skin

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Women in Asia seem to have more beautiful, flawless skin well beyond their youthful years. It seems as though time stood still and allowed them to maintain this gorgeous look for many years. What do you suppose their secret is? Could it be oolong tea?

Asian women tend to live cleaner lives. They consume better diets and are generally exposed to less environmental toxins. These are few of the reasons behind their gorgeous, youthful skin.

Veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins should all be on the menu for more youthful skin, but when it comes to environmental toxins such as car exhaust that we cannot escape, we need more. Asian women have drunk oolong tea for centuries and it is capable of slowing the aging process and producing more youthful skin.

Tea differs in its preparation, but it all comes from the same plant called camellia Sinensis. Some tea goes through a fermentation process and others do not which is what alters the flavor and color of tea.

The fermentation process involves oxidation and crushing the leaves, which darkens the leaves and alters the flavor. Black tea leaves are crushed and bruised and left exposed to oxygen for a long period of time. They are highly fermented. Green tea is not fermented at all, and oolong tea is semi-fermented.

A man named Wu Liang is behind oolong tea. He was picking tea leaves to make green tea when he a deer came out from the trees. He left the tealeaves to hunt the deer.

A few days later, Wu Liang returned and found that his tea leaves had darkened (oxidized) in the sun. Not wanting to waste the leaves, he prepared them for tea regardless of the oxidation that had taken place. To his amazement, the tea tasted much better than the grassy, green tea he previously made.

The most beneficial teas to fight premature aging and restore a more youthful appearance are oolong, green and white teas. Oolong tea has the nicest flavor; so many people enjoy it over other tea varietals. Tea contains phytochemicals (antioxidants) that are highly beneficial to your overall health because they can fight aging and repair damage.

This is because of the role antioxidants play in fighting free radicals. At the root of premature aging, free radicals affect our health and appearance at the cellular level. Chemicals, pollutants, UV rays and a host of other environmental factors produce free radicals in our bodies.

Aging makes it more difficult to fight free radical damage, and they are allowed to destroy cellular membranes and alter genetic material. We also cannot regenerate cells at the same rate as we did when we were younger.

Not only does this process affect our overall health, but it also damages our skin. We wind up with wrinkles and sagging skin. Our skin becomes more fragile.

The antioxidants in oolong tea can fight free radicals by stopping the oxidation process that takes place when free radicals steal the electron from healthy molecules in our bodies. Antioxidants are also imperative for repairing the damage already incurred and regenerating cells. Drinking oolong tea on a daily basis can improve you skin health. Healthy skin is beautiful skin!

Moderately priced and wonderful in flavor, oolong tea is one of the best!

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