Black tea is known to have various health benefits. This is extremely popular among tea drinkers not just in the US, but all over the world. Black tea is an extremely good and healthy addition to your morning routine. Check out all the different black teas we have to offer!
What is black tea?
Black tea is one of the most commonly consumed beverages all over the world and is grown in various places all around the world including India, China and Sri Lanka. Black tea comes from the leaves of the plant known as Camellia sinensis and is often blended with other flavors or spices to make other types of black tea, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or Chai.
Black tea has a strong and distinct flavor; however the flavor can change depending upon the place of origin and the flush. A cup of black tea contains more caffeine than other types of tea such as green tea or oolong tea but has less caffeine than a cup of coffee.
Black tea also has a variety of health benefits because it contains antioxidants and other compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Here are some of the benefits of drinking black tea:
- Has Antioxidant Properties
Black tea (click here to check out our range) is full of antioxidants which are widely known to provide multiple health benefits. Consuming them can help remove free radicals and decrease cell damage in the body. This may ultimately help to decrease the risk of chronic diseases.
One type of antioxidant found in black tea is known as Polyphenols, which includes catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins. Research has shown that theaflavins have properties that help to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. While many supplements contain antioxidants, the best way to consume them is through food and beverages.
Make a cup of black tea for an antioxidants boost!
- May Boost Heart Health
There is another type of antioxidant called flavonoids, that is known to benefit heart health. Flavonoids can be found in vegetables, fruits, red wine, dark chocolate and most importantly, in tea. Consuming flavonoids on a regular basis may help reduce many risk factors related to heart disease which includes high cholesterol, elevated triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and obesity.
A randomized, controlled study found that drinking black tea for 12 weeks significantly decreased triglyceride values by 36%, reduced blood sugar levels by 18% and lowered the LDL/HDL plasma ratio by 17%. Another study also found out that those who drank three cups of black tea per day had 11% reduced risk of developing heart disease.
Thus, adding black tea to your diet is a quick and easy way to incorporate antioxidants into your system and potentially reduce your risk of future health complications.
- May Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked or ruptures. It is sadly, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. However fortunately, 80% of strokes are preventable. Things like managing your diet properly, doing physical activity, taking care of your blood pressure and not smoking can help reduce the risk of stroke.
Interestingly, studies have found that drinking black tea may also help reduce the risk of stroke. A study followed 74,961 people for over 10 years, found that those who drank four or more cups of black tea a day had 32% lower risk of stroke than those who did not drink tea. Another study with over 194,965 participants concluded that individuals who drank more than three cups of tea (either black or green tea) per day had a 21% decreased risk of stroke, compared to individuals who drank less than one cup of tea per day.
Isn’t this a compelling reason to have black tea in your diet?
- May Improve Focus
Black tea contains both caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine, which increases alpha activity in the brain, which eventually leads to relaxation, improved alertness and better focus.
Studies have found that beverages containing both L-theanine and caffeine have the greatest impact on focus due to the effects of L-theanine on the brain. Hence, this may be why many people report more stable energy after drinking tea, compared to other caffeinated beverages like coffee.
Two randomized studies tested black tea’s effects on accuracy and alertness. In both studies, black tea significantly increased accuracy and self-reported alertness among participants, compared to a placebo.
This makes black tea the perfect drink if you are looking to stay alert along with getting a boost of energy without a lot of caffeine.
- Easy to Make
Apart from being good for your health, black tea is extremely easy to make!
All you need to do is boil water to the correct temperature (check out our blog on how to brew black tea properly). You can also prepare cold brew tea (check our blog for cold brew recipe here)
Let the tea steep in the water for 3 to 5 minutes or depending on your taste preference.
After steeping, remove the tea leaves or tea bag from the water, through straining it and enjoy.
Black tea is a wonderful beverage if you are looking for something which has enough caffeine to keep you awake and alert without overdoing the caffeine levels in your body. It also has a lot of antioxidants which help boost your health and immune system. It is simple and easy to make, easily available online (check out our products page!) It is delicious and has a beautiful aroma and comes in various types from various regions so you can choose to your taste. Some of the teas have an acquired taste - so, give it some time before judging!
Comment below, do you like black tea?