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8 Health benefits of black tea in Daily Life

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If you want to stay healthy, start your day with a cup of black tea. And it is now the most popularly consumed beverage. The benefits of black tea are endless. It has antioxidants and other phytonutrients that can help flush out toxins and heal your body. Moreover, it contains low caffeine content as compared to coffee

In this post, we have listed most amazing black tea benefits for your skin, hair, and health, which will definitely motivate you to make it a part of your routine.

What is black tea?

Black tea is produced by oxidizing the leaf of the plant Camellia sinensis. The name ‘black tea’ can be attributed to the color of the tea. However, technically, it is dark amber or orange in color. Hence, the Chinese referred to it as red tea. The method of black tea production makes it different from the other varieties of tea such as green tea and oolong tea.

Black tea originated in China in 1590 around late Ming Dynasty and early Qing dynasty. Earlier, the Chinese would only drink green or oolong tea. Legend has it that army men while passing through the Fujian province took shelter in a tea factory, which stopped the production of green or oolong tea. The tea leaves dried out in the Sun and got oxidized. When the army men left, the factory resumed making tea, but the color of the tea was red or black and tasted more rejuvenating and aromatic.

As black tea started growing popular, the British decided to grow black tea in Darjeeling and Assam. Now, there are a variety of black teas that are grown in China and in India but in India black tea is grown from Camellia assamica. Interestingly, black tea is actually known as red tea or “hong cha” in China because of its reddish color.

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Type of black tea

Here is a listing of black tea types based on productivity.

Lapsang Souchong
Fujian Minhong
Anhui Keemun
Yunnan Dianhong
Darjeeling Black Tea
Assam Black Tea
Ceylon Black Tea
Nilgiri Black Tea
Kenyan Black Tea

Health Benefits of Black tea

Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk- Cancer is a fatal disease that has claimed millions of lives. To lower the risk of cancer, particularly ovarian cancer, start drinking black tea. Like the catechins in green tea, the theaflavins in black tea can inhibit the proliferation of ovarian cancer cells.

Blood Sugar Control with black tea – An abstract at the American College of medicine cited a British study which found that a 1.0g tea drink reduced the late phase plasma glucose response in healthy humans with a corresponding increase in insulin.

Anti-Oxidants in black tea – tea has a substance called polyphenols which scavenge for cell-damaging free radicals in the body and detoxify them. Especially damage caused from smoking and toxic chemicals. Black tea has Anti-Oxidant ORAC value of 313 μ mol TE/100g.

Weight loss – black tea too can help you lose weight if consumed along with a few lifestyle changes. Scientists from David Geffen School of Medicine, California, USA found that black tea helped reduce visceral fat by reducing inflammation inducing genes. Since a prolonged period of inflammation in the body can induce obesity, by drinking black tea you can prevent inflammation-induced obesity. Moreover, black tea lowers the triglyceride levels.

Relieves Asthma – Asthma is caused due to inflammation and swelling of the airway or bronchial tubes, which makes inhaling and exhaling difficult. The Chinese believe that drinking black tea and green tea can help relieve asthma. Few studies have also proved that caffeine present in teas can help lung function. Moreover, the flavonoids present in tea is also found to have a beneficial effect on people who have asthma.

Relives Stress – According to a study conducted by University College London, tea can reduce stress hormones in the body and relaxes the nerves. Have a cup of black tea instead of smoking tobacco or reaching out for a sweet (for sugar rush) to relieve stress.

Treats Diarrhea- Yes, drinking black tea can help treat diarrhea. Diets that include black tea can decrease diarrheal prevalence by 20%. So, the next time you have an upset stomach, you may consider consuming a cup of black tea for relief and to soothe your digestive system.

Prevents Skin Infections – Skin is the largest organ and is constantly working, but it is delicate and needs proper care. Most skin infections are due to microbial colonization . Tea catechins and flavonoids can help prevent skin infections. Therefore, if you frequently suffer from skin infections, apart from taking medicines, you may also drink black tea to expedite the healing process.

Black Tea Nutrition Facts

Black tea is mainly rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols and also has minimal contents of sodium, proteins and carbohydrates.

NUTRITION INFORMATION OF BLACK TEA
Amounts per 1 cup (8 fl oz) (237g)
Calorie Information
Amounts Per Selected Serving%DV
  Calories2.4(10.0 kJ)0%
  From Carbohydrate2.4(10.0 kJ)
  From Fat0(0.0 kJ)
  From Protein0(0.0 kJ)
  From Alcohol0(0.0 kJ)
Protein & Amino Acids
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Protein0g0%
Carbohydrates
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Total Carbohydrate0.7g0%
Dietary Fiber0g0%
Starch~
Sugars0g
Fats & Fatty Acids
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Total Omega-3 fatty acids7.1 mg
Total Omega-6 fatty acids2.4mg
Total Fat0g0%
Vitamins
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Folate11.9mcg3%
Choline0.9mg
Minerals
Amounts Per Selected Serving
Magnesium7.1mg2%
Phosphorus2.4mg0%
Potassium87.7mg3%
Sodium7.1mg
Manganese0.5mg26%
Fluoride884mcg

Before Drinking Black Tea You Should Be Aware Of some side effects

According to health professionals, pregnant women should not drink more than two cups of black tea in a day. Since black tea is loaded with caffeine, it increases the hazards of miscarriage . This high caffeine content can also have a negative effect on people with cardiovascular disorders, glaucoma, high blood pressure and anxiety disorders. In comparison to other types of teas, black tea is loaded with the maximum caffeine content and is possibly due to the way it’s processed.

Drinking black tea may also inhibit or reduce iron absorption in your intestines, which is especially serious for people with anemia. Iron is needed to form hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in your blood. The Linus Pauling Institute reports that drinking one cup of black tea with a meal can decrease your body’s absorption of iron by up to 70 percent. Black tea may also have estrogen-like effects in your body, which has negative implications for hormone-dependent tumors of the breasts or prostate gland.

The black tea consists of tannins. The presence of this substance help your body store precipitate and offers other health benefits as well. Nevertheless, excessive consumption of black tea can cause constipation in your body. The reason behind this is that your body starts storing a lot of waste products.