Benefits of Black Tea

Black tea contains caffeine but not as much as coffee. The average 8 oz. cup of black tea contains 25-48 mg. of caffeine and the same 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95-165 mg. of caffeine. Huge difference isn't it. 

I don't have a problem with caffeine and I enjoy a cup or 2 or 3 of black tea throughout the day. You should always follow your doctor's recommendation when it comes to caffeine consumption because everyone is different.

All teas begin with the Camellia Sinensis plant, the processing method used determines if it will be a green or black tea. Black tea consumed without any additives like milk or sugar provide the best health benefits. 

Black tea contains high levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from DNA damage related to tobacco or other toxic chemicals. The polyphenols in black tea are different than those found in fruits and vegetables. Therefore, black tea provides additional benefits for a healthy lifestyle. 

Cancer prevention, another benefit of black tea. 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. It was discovered that people that had been 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. 

I'm sure you've heard of the calming and relaxing benefits of black tea. It not only helps slow you down after a long day, the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better. Drinking a moderate amount of black tea can also reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that can help boost your immune system. The tannins in black tea have the ability to fight viruses and protect you from influenza, the tannins also have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal illnesses and help decrease digestive activity.

Healthy bones, another benefit of black tea, it lowers the risk of developing arthritis from the phytochemicals found in tea. It reduces plaque formation and restricts 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 our teeth. 

People that drink tea have a lower risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Tea can enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart, it 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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