Have you ever thought that drinking a lovely cup of black tea can be so beneficial to your health? Well in deed it is. Black tea is packed with antioxidants specifically known as Polyphenols, that help the human body in many ways.
These Polyphenols may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers as well as strengthen the bodies cardiovascular system and help reduce clogged arteries, further studies are being done on its affects to fight diabetes, cholesterol, kidney stones, and Parkinson’s disease.
This great tea also contains vitamin B1, carotene (provitamin A) and B3 (nicotinic acid) as well as a natural occurrence of fluoride which helps strengthen and protect your teeth.
Besides all the great health benefits black tea provides it is also very enjoyable and will give you a boost in temporary alertness due to its caffeine and theophylline content.
Enjoying a hot cup of this delicious tea will also increase your mood as it activates your brain and gives your system a kick into the right gear.
I have personally met some professional athletes who enjoy a lovely cup after an intense work out (or sometimes before).
Although the taste can be bitter on its own, it is advisable to add some milk and sugar to your liking. To get maximum benefits from your tea it is recommended to be consumed freshly brewed, oxidization of this tea’s special compounds begins after only 20 minutes!
You may wonder where this dark tea comes from, well it is actually from the same tea bush as green tea! The only difference is that the black tea has gone through a fermentation process, and is ripened to its desired “black tea” taste.
This is why green tea and black tea are different, because of this fermentation process which also explains why there health benefits are so similar.
Black tea is now considered to have more health benefits due to the increase in the theaflavins and thearubigens created during the preparation process.
Black tea can be bought at most grocery stores, and is available in a variety of flavours as well, usually labeled as ceylon teas.
They come in many different flavours such as, orange and strawberry. Next time your wanting that cup of coffee, think about all the benefits you can get from a cup of tea instead!
You might actually find yourself drinking more tea then coffee before you know it.