Black Tea has Many Health Benefits
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. Black 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 caffein and theophylline content. Enjoying a hot cup of black 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 black tea it is recommended to be consumed freshly brewed, oxidization of the black tea’s special compounds begins after only 20 minutes!
You may wonder where black 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.
Best Place to Buy Black Tea
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.
On a more personal note, I actually now consider myself a tea addict! It may take a slightly more acquired taste to get to this point, but I now find tea even more refreshing then a cup of coffee. At times, coffee seems a little too heavy for me, and the thought of a nice light cup of tea really hits the spot.