The Health Benefits of Black Tea
Since more research is done on green tea in regards to health
benefits, it is easy to believe that green tea is the only tea worth
drinking. This simply is not true! The health benefits of black tea are
abundant. Black tea is a powerful source of antioxidants, which slow
down the aging process and prevent a wide variety of diseases. Some
black tea health benefits include its antiviral and anti-inflammatory
properties, which provide protection against tooth decay and infection
as well as relief from arthritis.
Though some of the most important antioxidants that the tea plant
contains are compromised during the black tea fermentation process,
studies show that black tea still contains several antioxidants. Among
the most important antioxidants in the tea plant are theaflavins, which
remain intact even after fermentation. The theaflavins in black tea have
been shown to scavenge abnormal cells and dispose of them before they
can do damage or mutate into cancer cells. Theaflavins are also known to
inhibit oxidation, particularly the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This
gives black tea the health benefit of significantly reducing blood
cholesterol and thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Drinking black tea on a regular basis may even help patients who have
existing cardiovascular disease. According to a study in Circulation:
Journal of the American Heart Association, tea consumption is associated
with an increased rate of survival following a heart attack. As such,
the health benefits of drinking black tea are important for anyone at
risk of or already suffering from cardiovascular disease.
A study in Germany found that drinking black tea significantly
improved the ability of the arteries to relax and expand in order to
maintain healthy blood pressure. The study showed that the molecules in
tea known as catechins helped dilate the blood vessels by producing a
chemical called nitric oxide.
So, as you can see, green tea isn't the only type of tea that is good
for you. The health benefits of drinking black tea are also numerous.
That's good news since 80% of the tea consumed in the world is black
Here's to a long and healthy life. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Although we strive to provide you
with current, accurate information, we do not recommend tea as a cure or
remedy for any health problems. Please consult a physician to ensure
that drinking tea will not adversely affect your health or medical