Shui Xian is a very popular variety of Oolong tea and one the common favorites among Gong Fu tea drinkers.
Shui Xian oolong tea is believed to have been discovered more than 1,000 years ago during the Song dynasty. Not much is known about how the tea came to be planted by the local tea farmers, but there is a legend surrounding the origin of the name “Shui Xian,” which means “Water Fairy.”
A young boy was collecting firewood on a hot summer day. In the sweltering heat, he felt terribly tired and thirsty. While resting in a cave, he smelled the sweet fragrance of a tree with beautiful white flowers and green leaves.Seeing that the leaves were especially large and thick, he picked some and put them in his mouth.Surprisingly, in just a few seconds the leaves cooled him down and filled his body with energy. Thinking he had found amagical plant, he took a branch from the tree home.That night, a heavy rainstorm came and knocked down a wall of his house. The next morning, he found a small plant sprouting up from where he kept the branch. So he decided to make tea from the leaves of the plant, and drank it every day. By doing this, he grew up to be an especially strong and handsome man who almost never fell ill.
Hearing his story, people from near and far came to ask him about his secret. He told them he found the tea near a cave called “Zhu Xian.” But because of his dialect, what people heard was “Shui Xian,” or “Water Fairy.” Thinking that an actual Water Fairy gave the boy this marvelous tea, later people named this tea after her.
In the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, Shui Xian oolong tea was one of China’s award-winning items.
The Shui Xian oolong tea industry began to flourish just 300 years ago, when people began to grow this tea in southern Fujian province using improved techniques.
HelthBenifits of Wuyi Oonlg Tea
- Weight Loss
- Energy and Metabolism
- Prevention of heart disease and strokes
- Fighting the aging process
- Preventing Cancer and help with infections
- Promoting healthy bones and skin
- Reducing the effects stress has on the body
- Reduce the effects of hypertension
- Reduce the effects of Type II Diabetes.
Wu Yi Tea's Natural Anti-Aging Process
Oolong tea has a substance called Polyphenol, which is a natural antioxidant that comes in the tea. Many signs of aging include dark spots, wrinkled skin, roughness and related blemishes-people have reported a decrease of these symptoms with regular drinking of wu long tea. Polyphenols are powerful compounds that have antioxidant abilities that have been reported to reversed environmental effects of aging. While it won't literally make you stop aging, it can reverse it's toll or slow the process. A polyphenal that aids in this process is called Catechins. It destroys free radicals in your body that increases aging.
Free radicals are caused by things like pollution, smoke, eating, drugs, and even sunlight exposure. Drinking wu yi tea regularly can help reverse the effect from these environmental factors.
Another Polyphenol in Oolong tea is called EGCG, which stands fro Epigallocatenchin gallete. It's like vitamin C or E but much more strong. This also aids in destroying free radicals throughout the entire body. Other antioxidants in the tea include thearubigin and theaflavin that aid in the oxidization process.
Typically, a cup of authentic wu yi tea hs between 20 and 40 mg of polyphenols. This is more than most vegitabls that are considered high on antioxidants. There are a few varieties of Oolong tea, but most of them have the same health and weight loss benefits that aid in preventing or reversing aging.
Wu Yi Tea Weight Loss
If you're looking for a completely natural, safe way to lose weight, you should consider drinking Wu-Yi tea. Many people from China and other Asian countries have been using the tea for weight management and other health benefits for centuries. Drinking the tea rarely does little to help, but drinking it regularly throughout the day can have a dramatic effect on your health and weight.
How it works is this: a substance called Polyphenol is in wu yi tea. What this substance does it activate an enzyme that dissolves triglycerides. All oolong tea has this, as well as green and black tea. However, Oolong tea has a higher dose of it to increase weight loss more than green tea. The result is weight loss and a boosted metabolism.
A 2003 study was published in the Journal of Medical investigation. it was titled "Oolong Tea Increases Energy Metabolism in Japanese Females." The study showed that women who drank wu yi tea had a higher rate of weight loss. In the study there was a group of 120 Japanese woman who drank oolong tea for six weeks. Another group drank green tea and another group drank water. The study found that women who drank wu yi tea directly after a meal had 10% more energy. Green tea increases energy by 4% and water did not increase energy at all.
So you're probably wondering... how much weight can you lose by drinking Wu Yi Tea?
That depends on your physical build, how much you drink the tea, how much you eat, and a score of other factors. However, many people report losing between 10 and 20 pounds by drinking 3 to 4 cups a day. Regardless of all the factors, it is evident that wu yi tea will help you in your weight loss endeavors.
That being said, the tea has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss; that does not mean, however, that its ineffective. Studies have shown a correlation between wu yi oolong tea consumption and an increased metabolism and weight loss. It's been part of the Chinese culture for centuries.
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|Chinese Name||武夷水仙(wǔ yí shuǐ xiān)|
|Other Names||Wu Yi Shui Xian, Shui Hsien, Water Fairy, Water Sprite, Narcissus|
|Growing Area||Wu Yi Shan(Mt.Wuyi), Fujian Province of China|
|Harvest Period||Around Gu Yu, April 20th.|
|Processing Technique||Semi-fermenting Tea, Kill Green(Deactivation)→Rolling and Kneading→Desiccation(Baking)|
|Appearance||Tender and strong leaves are very well processed into even curly stripes. Dark color leaves thin white frosted coat on the surface. The distinctive feature of Shui Xian tea leaves are their size, which is huge in comparison to other Oolong teas.|
|Aroma||Warm, woody aroma with hints of flora.|
|Liquor||Bright orange liquor.|
|Tasting Notes||Strong and full-bodied Oolong with a refreshing floral aftertaste. Aged Shui Xian have a smoother mouth-feel.|
|Teaware||Gaiwan(Covered Bowl), Gong Fu Tea-set, Piao Yi Tea Maker, Zi Sha(Purple Clay Pot)|
|Steeping Instructions||Warm the teapot(Gaiwan)→Add tea leaves→Moisturize and wash the leaves with hot water then pour out the liquid immediately→Add hot water and steep for 10-20 secs for the first infusions.Gradually extend the steeping time for the next infusions.|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
Review by Adam Hall
This tea is well-balanced. I started brewing gong fu style vs western style. All present just in a subtle way. (Posted on 1/16/2016)
Review by Nancy Moore
Solid, smooth body, with good balance of roasted and wuyi rock tea flavor. (Posted on 1/24/2014)
Review by Aaron Smith
This wulong took to multiple steepings very well, with the 5th-6th being just as strong as the first. Truly enjoy this tea. (Posted on 1/1/2013)
Review by Aaron Smith
This wulong took to multiple steepings very well, with the 5th-6th being just as strong as the first. Truly enjoy this tea. (Posted on 1/1/1970)
Review by Nancy Moore
Solid, smooth body, with good balance of roasted and wuyi rock tea flavor. (Posted on 1/1/1970)
Review by Adam Hall
This tea is well-balanced. I started brewing gong fu style vs western style. All present just in a subtle way. (Posted on 1/1/1970)
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