Health Benefits of Drinking Black Tea
• Antioxidants: Black tea contains polyphenols, which are the antioxidants which help block damage associated with tobacco and other toxic chemicals. Polyphenols are different from the antioxidants you find in fruit and vegetables, so incorporated into your diet, they can be an additional source of health benefits.
• A Better Heart: In a 2009 study for Arab L. et al, called “Green & Black Tea Consumption & Risk of Stroke: a Meta-Analysis (“Meta-analysis” uses a statistical approach to combine the results from multiple studies in an effort to increase accuracy of individual studies, improve estimates of the size of the effect and/or to resolve uncertainty when reports disagree.) Individuals who consume 3 or more cups of tea had a 21% lower risk of stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of black or green tea per day.
o Lowers Cholesterol
• Cancer Prevention: see blog for studies
• Has Therapeutic Effect on the Gastro-intestinal Tract.
• Healthy Bones: Regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the phytochemicals (any of various biologically active compounds found in plants; “phyto” is Greek for “plant”).
• Helps Oral Health: "We have found that the antioxidants in black tea will suppress the growth of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum diseases," says Christine Wu, professor of periodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. "They will also inhibit or interfere with the attachment of bacteria to the tooth surface."
• Increases Energy: The caffeine in tea can help enhance blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. It also stimulates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart & kidneys.
• Lowers Risk of Diabetes: Elderly residents of a Mediterranean island had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 Diabetes. An ensuing research study linked the phenomenon to their 1-2 cups a day tea habits.
• “Primes” Immune System: Meet (in the blog) the fascinating, possibly empathetic, Gamma delta T lymphocyte cell.
• Stress Relief & Alert Relaxation: The relationship between stress & disease is well-known. In spite of containing caffeine, black tea also contains the amino acid L-Theanine which promotes relaxation, aids concentration and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.1
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