Black tea has high levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from DNA damage related to tobacco or other toxic chemicals. A lot of research is still required but, studies have shown that the antioxidant polyphenol and catechins in tea may help prevent certain types of cancer.
Black tea can lower your risk of Diabetes based on a research study of elderly people. They discovered that those drinking black tea on a long term basis, about 1 to 2 cups a day, had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.
Black tea consumed without any additives like milk or sugar provide the best health benefits. Yes, black tea contains caffeine but, certainly not as much as coffee. The average 8 oz. cup of black tea has 25-48 mg. of caffeine yet the same 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95-165 mg. of caffeine. Follow your doctor's recommendation when it comes to caffeine consumption because everyone is different.
Black tea contains alkylamine antigens. These antigens can help boost your immune system. The tannins found in black tea have the ability to fight viruses to protect you from influenza, they have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses, and they help decrease digestive activity.
There are calming and relaxing benefits in black tea as well. The amino acid L-theanine helps to slow you down, relaxes you, and can improve your concentration. Drinking a moderate amount of black tea can also reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Healthy bones is another benefit in black tea. The phytochemicals found in black tea can lower the risk of developing arthritis and reduces plaque formation to restrict bacteria growth that causes cavities and tooth decay.
The polyphenols in black tea kill cavity-causing bacteria and the growth of bacterial enzymes that bind plaque to teeth.
People that drink tea have a lower risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases because tea can enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. Tea stimulates metabolism and the respiratory system as well as, the heart and kidneys.
The best benefit of all, tea can make you happy. So, steep your favorite cup of tea, relax, and enjoy your happy place.
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