Health benefits of Black Tea

Health benefits of Black Tea

 

Black tea was discovered in China about 4000 years ago.

Today it is among the most popularly consumed beverage in the world.

The tea has antioxidants and other phytonutrients that can help flush toxins and heal your body.

It has less caffeine than coffee.

 

 

Important black tea benefits. The tea can enhance your overall health, skin, and hair.

 

What is Black Tea?

Black tea is produced by oxidizing the leaf of the plant Camellia sinensis.

The name ‘black tea’ can be attributed to the color of the tea.

However, technically, it is dark amber or orange.

Hence, the Chinese referred to it as red tea. The method of black tea production makes it different from the other varieties of tea such as green tea and oolong tea.

 

 

Health benefits of Black Tea

 

 

After being plucked, the tea leaves are withered to release the moisture from them.

When they lose the maximum amount of moisture, the leaves are rolled, either manually or with the help of machines, through exposure to high temperature.

Once the leaves are oxidized fully, they are sorted as per their size. The caffeine content in any tea is often a cause of concern.

As far as it is concerned, one cup of tea has about half the amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee.

 

 

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Health Benefits 

The beverage may promote heart health, treat diarrhea and other digestive problems, regulate blood pressure, and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. To enjoy all of its benefits you should consume it without any additives like milk or sugar.

 

 

1. May Boost Heart Health

The flavones in black tea may promote heart health.

Scientists have confirmed that drinking three or more cups of black tea per day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Moreover, the beverage is also associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction, ischemia, and cardiovascular mortality.

 

2. May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

The theaflavins in black tea may inhibit the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells.

In a study conducted by the researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, USA, a 30% decline in ovarian cancer risk was observed in patients who drank more than two cups of black tea per day.

 

3. May Lower Diabetes Risk

Scientists have found that drinking tea may help lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

It contains catechins and theaflavins. The beverage may help make the body more insulin sensitive and also prevents beta cell dysfunction (beta cells regulate blood glucose levels).

 

4. May Boost Immunity

Black tea is rich in antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals.

These free radicals tend to mutate DNA and hamper normal cell function. This can lead to inflammation and also push the body into a state of stress. Black tea helps flush out the oxygen radicals.

It helps restore normal cell and body functions and also boosts immunity.

 

5. May Lower Blood Pressure Levels

Consuming it can help reduce blood pressure.

Scientists from The Netherlands, Germany, UK, and Italy conducted an experiment where a group of people was given for a week and their systolic as well as diastolic pressure readings were checked.

At the end of this experiment, participants who consumed the beverage were found to have lower blood pressure levels as compared to the control group.

 

About The Author

Lilian Osigwe

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. lilian.osigweh@1stnews.com

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