Have you ever had people nag you to switch from coffee to black tea? Do your friends or your spouse keep telling you how good it is for your health? We are here to agree with them. Read on to find out exactly why black tea is considered to be so beneficial for you.
Relieves Your Stress
Did you know that tea can help relieve the feeling of stress? The caffeine in tea is absorbed in a way to stimulate mental focus and increase your concentration level. With tea you will still get the benefits of caffeine—like an increase in energy and alertness—without the crash because the caffeine is absorbed at a slower, more steady rate. Studies show:
- The amino acid L-theanine in black tea balances out our moods and helps promote relief from stress, making us feel good.
- It improves your focus on things in a relaxed manner.
- Black tea may help boost your memory function when consumed regularly
- Plus the antioxidants, called polyphenols, are known to help block DNA damage caused by tobacco.
Research has shown that both green and black tea can help lower cholesterol levels. Both from the same plant, green tea is prepared from unfermented leaves and black tea from fully fermented leaves. Catechins, a type of antioxidant found in both teas, are responsible for lowering cholesterol. The more fermented the tea leaves, the lower the catechin content, and the higher the caffeine content.
Studies suggest that women who consume black tea more often have a lower risk of ovarian cancer than their counterparts. If you consume it in moderate amounts, it may also help in preventing cancer. According to studies, if you drink 1-2 cups of black tea daily, the chances of you getting Type II Diabetes could be lowered by 70%. Other studies also suggest that if you consume about two cups of it every day, it could lower your risk of getting a stroke.
It has been suggested that people who drink tea regularly have healthier bones than the ones who don’t. Phytoestrogen and fluoride – two substances present in tea – are known to help in maintaining bone mineral density. In addition, tea drinkers have a lower risk of developing arthritis because of the phytochemicals found in tea. To optimize this benefit, avoid adding sugar (and those empty calories), and enhance the alkalinity of your black tea by adding lemon.
Don’t stop eating your vegetables, because the antioxidants in tea are different from the antioxidants found in your fruits and veggies. The best combination for your body is a habit of healthy eating and drinking tea.
Go steep a cup and start giving your body a boost towards health and happiness.