It is no question that green tea is touted as THE miracle tea of choice. But what about its counterpart, the black tea? Don’t brush it off just yet. Scientists have discovered a whole host of health benefits linked to black tea.
What is Black Tea?
Black tea is produced from the same kind of plant the green tea is – Camellia Sinesis. The only difference is how it is processed. Leaves are withered, rolled, heated and then fermented and heated in order to produce delicious black tea leaves.
- Stress Relief
Black tea is ample in L-theanine, which helps you relax and concentrate. Regular consumption has also been found to lower cortisol levels.
- Immune System Boost
Black tea has alkylamine antigens and tannins which support the immune system, helping to ward off common everyday illnesses such as the flu and the tummy bug.
- Lower High Cholesterol
Research conducted by the American Heart Association concluded that black tea was beneficial in reducing bad cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of heart strokes. People who drink 3-4 cups of black tea a day are at a lower risk than people who consumed none at all.
- Oral Health
The Tea Trade Health Research Association discovered that black tea helps eliminate plaque formation. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria that promotes cavity formation and tooth decay. This is due to the polyphenol content that kill bacteria and the enzymes they create which bind plaque to the tooth enamel.
- Energy Boost
Black tea contains caffeine, albeit not in the skyrocket amounts that coffee does. It is sufficient however to provide a long lasting and steady boost of energy and mental clarity throughout the day.
What are you waiting for? Brew yourself some black tea goodness and drink up!