Whether you are a black tea lover or simply trying to cut back on coffee and want to enjoy a healthier pick-me-up every morning, this is for you.
13 Reasons Why You Should Sip Black Tea Every Day
The health benefits that black tea can bring you go a long way. Black tea helps combat high cholesterol problems, diarrhea, low-concentration levels, tooth decay, digestive disorders, poor blood circulation, high blood pressure, and asthma. These are but a few reasons why black tea has become extremely popular all over the world.
The ingredient making one of the most beloved beverages in the world - tea - grows from the plant called Camellia Sinensis. Many countries prefer black tea to green tea, for its taste as well as medicinal properties. The difference between black, green and white tea is actually the manner in which it is processed. Unlike its green and white counterparts, black tea is fermented and oxidized during the processing stage, which accounts for its unique color, aroma and health benefits. By comparison, white and green tea are not fermented.
A series of studies supported by the Tea Trade Health Research Association found that black tea can reduce plaque formation and prevents overgrowth of bacteria in the oral cavity, thereby decreasing the occurrence of tooth decay and cavities. The polyphenols abounding in black tea are responsible for killing the cavity-nurturing bacteria and curb the development of the bacterial enzymes triggering plaque formation and the material that makes it stick to our teeth.
A Healthy Heart
According to some research, people who consume 3 cups of tea and more daily have a 21% lower risk of stroke than people who drink less than 1 cup of black or green tea per day.
The polyphenols in black tea also have an antioxidant action and can fight off the DNA-damaging effect of tobacco and other toxic chemicals. The antioxidants found in black tea are different from those in fruits and veggies and hence, regular intake of black tea can have added benefits toward a healthy lifestyle.
Protection Against Cancer
Although more research is required and more ink shed to prove the cancer-preventing powers of black tea, some studies suggest that antioxidants such as catechins and polyphenol found in this super drink may contribute to the prevention of certain cancers. Women who drink black tea on a regular basis have lower chances to develop ovarian cancer than those who don’t.
Among the other benefits that tea has, its ability to minimize the risk of arthritis holds a prominent place in terms of bone health. Research suggests that regular consumption of tea in general, black tea, in particular, can help strengthen our bones. The miraculous ingredients responsible for this are the phytochemicals, which again differ from those found in other greens.
A study conducted on elderly individuals living in the Mediterranean islands shows that black tea drinkers consuming 1-2 cups daily on a long-term basis were by 70% less likely to actually have or were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who didn’t drink tea.
Black tea is well-known for its soothing effect on the mind. Due to the L-theanine amino acid found in its molecule, black tea can also help you relax and improve concentration. Speaking of stress, black tea also keeps the levels of cortisol, the so-called ‘stress hormone’, in check provided that it’s consumed in moderate amounts regularly. Sip up and relax!
Apart from all the powerhouse compounds we’ve mentioned already, black tea is also rich in alkylamine antigens, which enhance the immune response of the human body. Additionally, the tannins plentifully found in tea ward off viruses and offer protection against influenza, stomach flu, and other similar viral infections.
Digestive Tract Support
Not only does black tea give your immune system a boost, but it also promotes a healthy digestive tract, due to the tannins it contains. Tannins can also help treat gastrointestinal tract illnesses (or at least make symptoms less severe).
Although it contains less caffeine than other drinks relatively richer in this pull-me-up ingredient, tea can increase blood flow to the brain without being too hard on the heart. It also gives a kick to lazy metabolism, stimulates the respiratory system, heart, and kidneys.
A Sip of Happiness in Every Cup
With your stress all gone, drink up and smile! As it helps you calm down after a long, rough day, a cup of tea can help boost your mood, making stress hormone levels drop and allowing the happy hormone (serotonin) take the lead.
Did you know that black tea is also good for your skin? With a high content of vitamins B2, C, and E, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc, black tea is beneficial to the skin, protecting the dermis against any infections and preventing blemishes.
Did you also know that putting moist tea bags under your eyes helps reduce puffiness? Going hand-in-hand with this anti-puffiness effect, black tea also assists with reducing wrinkles, acting as an anti-aging agent. If you have acne, black tea can help you get rid of it.
Application of black tea extracts topically to the skin helps protect against the damaging action of UV rays.
The benefits black tea has on the hair go a long way. Due to its caffeine and especially antioxidant high content, black tea is a powerhouse element in your hair care regimen, supporting stronger and healthier hair.
The caffeine helps lower the levels of the DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone present in the scalp, which is responsible for hair loss. So, black tea makes your hair thicker and reduces hair loss! Furthermore, not only does it reduce hair loss, but caffeine also stimulates hair grow. However, as with all good things, overdoing is not recommended. In the case of caffeine, use it only once a month, otherwise, it will backfire and inhibit growth.
To reveal another beauty secret of black tea, rinses based on this tea applies to the hair add shine, luster as well as … natural, dark color. If you wish to bid your usual, paraben-based hair color, here’s the deal:
-Pour 6 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil.
-Add 3 black tea bags to the boiling water.
-Keep the mix at room temperature for an hour, allowing it to slowly cool down.
-When it’s cool enough (but not cold), pour it on your head and wrap your hair in a towel or head scarf. Allow the potion to act for 1-2 hours, then wash your hair normally.
-Repeat the procedure regularly as you normally would using your usual hair color. Suitable for women who have natural dark or brown hair and wish to get rid of the gray hair and forget about chemical hair dyes.