Founded in America in 1684, black tea has become an increasingly popular beverage throughout the world. Derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the tea leaves undergo an in-depth oxidization process prior to consumption.
This process causes the formation of two important antioxidant compounds; theaflavins and thearubigins, these compounds are responsible not only for the distinctive color and taste of black tea, but also for a multitude of health benefits.
Lets see some important effects in human body.
Effects on Cardiac health
Due to its anti-oxidant nature, the consumption of black tea has been found to be extremely beneficial to those suffering with Coronary Heart Disease. The flavonoids found with in the tea, help to reduce inflammation, in turn reducing any plaque build up within the arteries and lowering harmful cholesterol levels.
Effects on Weight Loss
Research shows that black tea effects involve blocking absorption of fat into the cells. In addition to this benefit, black tea is low in sodium, fat and calories, making this beverage choice an extremely beneficial dietary supplement.
Effects on Oral Health
Recent studies have shown that due to the oxidization process, black tea can help to combat the two main bacteria’s associated with decay and gum disease. Although drinking this beverage should not replace oral hygiene, it should however; be used as an additional method for maintaining oral health.
Effects on the Skin
The presence of natural anti-oxidants play an important role in the effects of black tea on the skin. Not only helping to reduce premature aging and mimic wrinkles, but the presence of polyphenols and tannins also accelerate skin regeneration.
Effects on the Immune System
The antimicrobial properties held in black tea are proven to be effective in providing protection from harmful impacts of the environment and against many bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Effects on Stress Reduction
Black tea is rich in anti-oxidants, trace elements and vitamins, such as vitamins B2, C, E, minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc, and some essential oils, thus helping to relieve the body and mind of the impact of stress.
Effects on Diabetes
Studies show that black tea holds glucose lowering properties, it is believed that the antioxidant compounds formed during the oxidization process can naturally promote the production of insulin with the body, helping to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Effects on Energy Levels
Although the caffeine level found within black tea can vary between 15 – 70mg per 8ozs, scientific evidence shows that the moderate ingestion of black tea effects the energy levels within the body remarkably, increasing alertness, stimulation and improving concentration.
Effects on Digestion
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, regular consumption could help to reduce symptoms of Crohn’s disease or other chronic disorders, A 2006 study found that black tea extract prevented Pancreatitis in rats by decreasing the production of amylase and lipase, as these two enzymes play a vital role digestion, the regulation provided by the extract could help to reduce symptoms of other digestive conditions.
Effects on Cancer Prevention
Some recent health studies have shown that due to the high content of polyphenols found within black tea, regular ingestion could help to protect cells against cancer, by neutralizing free radicals and promoting longevity.
Although currently holding many health advantages, the exploration into the benefits of black tea will be long continued, it is to be noted that the effects of drinking black tea are significantly altered if a milk for or sugar is added.
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