The Magic of Black Tea (Plus Benefits You'll Love!)
"The tea ceremony of Japan is well known and appreciated for its precision and beauty of setting and movements—a far cry one might think from the more down-to-earth approach of the British cup of tea or the French herbal infusion. Yet the English, too, developed tea drinking as an important practice either to start the day well, or to calm the nerves after an upsetting experience, or to enjoy socialising in a relaxed and happy environment. In France, in my experience, tea is also considered more relaxing than coffee, to be preferred whenever a soothing beverage is more appropriate." Margaret Ledoux
BLACK TEA VS OOLONG: BENEFITS & DIFFERENCES
Where black tea is completely and rapidly oxidised, oolong is partially oxidised to release polyphenols that provide the delicate sweetness, the vast palette of aromas, and the health benefits of antioxidants that characterise the tea.
It is in Taiwan that the ancient tradition of cultivation and processing have been respected, maintained, and developed. In Taiwan, oolong tea is appreciated in a similar way to great wines—according to colour, body, aroma, and taste. The region and height above sea level of the tea plantation can affect these qualities. Teahouses—from the simplest to the most sophisticated—are found in every corner of the country, each offering their preferred range of teas.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
Aside from water, black tea is one of the most consumed beverage in the world.
It comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and is often blended with other plants for different flavors, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or chai.
It’s stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee.
Black tea offers a variety of health benefits because it contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Here are 10 health benefits of black tea, all supported by science.
Antioxidants are known to provide a host of health benefits. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in certain foods and beverages, including black tea.
Groups of polyphenols, including catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins, are the main sources of antioxidants in black tea and may promote overall health.
In fact, one study in rats examined the role of theaflavins in black tea and the risk of diabetes, obesity and elevated cholesterol. Results showed that theaflavins reduced cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Another study examined the role of catechins from green tea extract on body weight. It found that those who consumed a bottle containing 690 mg of catechins from tea on a daily basis for 12 weeks showed a decrease in body fat.
While many supplements contain antioxidants, the best way to consume them is through food and beverages such as tea.
Black tea contains another group of antioxidants called flavonoids. Along with tea, flavonoids can be found in vegetables, fruits, red wine and dark chocolate.
Fortunately, some studies have found that consuming tea may help reduce LDL cholesterol.
One randomized study found that drinking five servings of black tea per day reduced LDL cholesterol by 11% in individuals with slightly or mildly elevated cholesterol levels.
Our guts contains trillions of bacteria, as well as 70–80% of the immune system. While some of the bacteria in your gut is beneficial for your health, some are not.
In fact, some studies have suggested that the type of bacteria in your gut may play an important role in reducing the risk of certain health conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even cancer.
In addition, black tea contains antimicrobial properties that kill off harmful substances and improve gut bacteria and immunity by helping repair the lining of the digestive tract.
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