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Black Tea Health Benefits

Black tea, another tea from the wonderful Camellia sinensis plant, unlike green teas, which turn bitter when brewed at higher temperatures, black tea should be steeped in freshly boiled water.


The tea plant is native to Southeast Asia and can grow up to a height of 40 feet, but is usually maintained at a height of two to three feet by regular pruning.


The first spring leaf buds, called the first flush, are considered the highest-quality leaves.


The more delicate black teas, such as Darjeeling, should be steeped for 3 to 4 minutes.


The same holds for broken leaf teas, which have more surface area and need less brewing time than whole leaves. The aged leaves and stems are commonly used to make medicine.


Black tea is used for improving mental alertness as well as learning, memory and information processing skills.


It is also used for treating headache and low blood pressure; preventing heart disease, including “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and heart attack; preventing Parkinson’s disease; and reducing the risk of stomach and colon cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.


Women, who regularly drink tea, including black tea or green tea, appear to have a significantly lower risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women who never or seldom drink tea.


Black tea contains powerful polysaccharides, which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption a potential benefit to those battling with diabetes.


It has also been suggested that regular tea drinkers have stronger bones and lower probability of developing arthritis due to the photochemical found in the tea.


Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that help boost our immune response.


In addition it also contains tannins that have the ability to fight viruses and hence keep us protected from influenza, stomach flu and other such commonly found viruses that affects our everyday lives.

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