Benefits Of Black Tea

The benefits of black tea are endless. Well, only until you drink that last drop from your teacup. Black tea is one of the world’s most popular teas. How many people realize the health benefits inside each cup. From your brain to your gut the benefits of black tea will astound you! There are many varieties of black tea and that is not including all the infusions. What’s your favorite black tea?

What Is Black Tea

Discovered in China about 4000 or more years ago and as the story goes…

The tale goes that while a passing army entered the Fujian province. They decided to take shelter at a nearby tea factory. This held up production at the tea factory. The tea leaves were left out in the sun. This caused them to oxidize for a longer period of time and resulting in darker leaves. Trying to speed up the drying time, they decided to smoke the leaves over pine wood. This created Lapsang Souchong, which became one of the very first black teas.

  • Back then, tea was drunk as a concoction to keep one warm and fortified with vital nutrients.
  • The most popular tea consumed
  • Over 90 percent of all tea sold in the West is black tea
  • Black tea is called Red tea to this day in China
  • Black tea is produced in countries like Kenya, Sri Lanka, China and India.
  • Black tea is oxidized from the one and only tea plant Camellia Sinensis. The name black tea may come from the oxidized color of the tea. The color of the tea is actually a burnt red or dark amber shade.
  • While any tea (white, yellow,green, oolong)can become a black tea because of oxidation.
  • India’s black tea comes from a different strain of Camellia plant called Camellia assamica.
  • Camellia Assamica is a stronger tea producing larger leaves.
  • The leaves are withered to release the moisture. Once withered, the leaves are either rolled by hand or machine. There is another way of processing black tea called CTC (crush, tear, curl)or mamri tea. The leaves run through several cylinder rollers. The rollers have sharp teeth that crush, tear and curl the leaves. This type of black tea is generally used for tea bags and produces a lovely dark red brew.
  • The flavor of Black tea is brisk, full bodied, malty and earthy.
  • Black Tea Nutritional Facts

Black tea is also full of healthy substances called polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that can help protect your cells from DNA damage.

These are a few of the antioxidants in black tea:

  • Catechin
  • Flavonoids
  • Theaflavins
  • Thearubigins
  • Black tea has less caffeine than coffee (about a half less)

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Nutrient Unit Value per 100 g 1 cup = 245.0g

  • Water g99.93244.83
  • Energy kcal12
  • Protein g0.220.54
  • Total lipid (fat) g0.000.00
  • Carbohydrate, by difference g0.000.00
  • Fiber, total dietary g0.00.0
  • Sugars, total g0.000.00

Minerals

  • Calcium, Cam g00
  • Iron, Fem g0.020.05
  • Magnesium, Mgm g12
  • Phosphorus, Pm g00
  • Potassium, Km g820
  • Sodium, Namg12
  • Zinc, Znmg0.010.02

Vitamins

  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acidm g0.00.0
  • Thiaminm g0.0070.017
  • Riboflavin g0.0580.142
  • Niacin g0.0300.073
  • Vitamin B-6m g0.0050.012
  • Folate, DFEµ g00
  • Vitamin B-12µ g0.000.00
  • Vitamin A, RAEµ g00
  • Vitamin A, IUIU00
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg0.000.00
  • Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg0.00.0
  • Vitamin D IU00
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone)µ g0.00.0
  • Lipids
  • Fatty acids, total saturated g0.0000.000
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g0.0000.000
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g0.0000.000
  • Cholesterol mg00
  • Amino Acids
  • Other
  • Caffeine mg1229

Best known black teas include:

  • Assam
  • Ceylon
  • Darjeeling
  • Dian Hong Cha
  • Earl Grey
  • English Breakfast
  • Irish Breakfast
  • Keemun
  • Kenya
  • Lady Grey
  • Lapsang Souchong
  • Masala Chai
  • Nilgiri

Healthy Benefits Of Black Tea

Heart

Flavones in the tea help improve your heart. Studies have shown that drinking 3 cups of tea a day can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk

Catechins in green tea and theaflavins in black tea may inhibit the reproduction of ovarian cancer cells.

Diabetes

Lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes by drinking tea. The catechins and theaflavins help cellular function and help you become insulin sensitive.

Immunity

Antioxidant rich tea help restore normal cell and bodily functions.

Bone Health

Phytochemicals found in tea can help lower the onset of arthritis.

Brain Health

High concentration of antioxidants in black tea may help protect the brain from degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Digestion

Black tea helps to streamline digestive processes and ease digestive problems

Cholesterol

Theaflavins in black tea show to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels

Weight Loss

black tea, and the gut microbiome, may also contribute to good health and weight loss in humans. Black tea is also a low calorie drink (depending on how much and what sweetener you choose).

Stress

The scent alone can relax you. Black tea lowers hormone cortisol.

Oral Health

black tea reduces plaque formation. Black tea also restricts the bacteria growth that forms cavities and tooth decay.

Mental State Of Mind

The caffeine in black tea has shown to improve mental focus. Black tea also helps concentration by promoting blood flow in the brain

Skin

Tea has a detoxifying effect on the body and antioxidants help repair the skin from damage.

Blood Pressure

study of people who drank black tea had a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, compared to the placebo group

Mood

Tea makes you smile

How To Store Black Tea

  • Buy in small amounts.
  • Black tea still contains 3% moisture.
  • Black Tea has a shelf life of over 2 years.
  • Store your tea in airtight containers in a dark cool place.
  • Do not overexpose to the sun.
  • How not to store Black Tea
  • Do not buy a lot, moderation.
  • Do not store in the fridge, condensation
  • Do not sore in wood containers
  • Do not buy old tea
  • Do not expose to light
  • Do not store above stove or a heat source
  • Do not keep with spices

How To Brew Your Black Tea

Items You Will Need

  • Teapot
    • Electric
    • Stovetop
    • Smart infuser
    • French press
    • Infuser
  • Strainer used to separate the tea leaves from the water
    • tea bag
    • tea balls
    • open basket
  • Mug or Cup

Choose Your Tea

  • Chinese black for a lighter brew
  • Indian for a darker brew
  • CTC for even darker (you can add milk if desired)

Prepare

  • Heat your water to the desired strength in this case it’s black tea so around 190 degrees
  • Prepare your leaves into the infuser
  • Place infuser in cup
  • Pour water over the infuser in cup
  • Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (choose your desired strength)
  • Remove infuser (strainer)
  • Take a deep breath of freshly brewed tea and savour the moment
  • ENJOY
  • Optional
    • Add milk
    • Add Sweetener

While traveling to Canada a few years ago, I walked around the neighborhood of my hotel and found a lovely tea shop. I stopped in and had an incredible milk tea. That was a few years ago and I had searched for a recipe and found one that was similar to what I had drank in Canada.

I’m excited to share it with you.

Hong Kong Black Milk TeaRecipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can Organic Evaporated Milk
  • 3 teaspoons of organic Black Tea
  • 1 eggshell (removes bitterness)
  • 1 cup of water

Method

  • Put about 3 teaspoons of tea, the eggshell and a cup of water in a small pot
  • Bring to a boil and let boil for about 6 minutes. This will over-steep the tea which is intentional
  • Take the tea off the heat and let cool for 3 minutes
  • Fill your tea cup 1/3 of the way with evaporated milk
  • Bring the tea back to a boil
  • Pour the tea through a strainer into a teacup
  • Evaporated milk is already pretty sweet, if you need more sugar, add more! 🙂
  • ENJOY

Cautions

  • Anxiety
  • Caffeine in black tea can cause anxiousness and restlessness when trying to sleep.
  • Urination
  • Tea can make you pee
  • Seizures
  • High caffeine content can bring on seizures or stop seizure medicine from working.
  • Glaucoma
  • Caffeinated black tea increases eye pressure
  • Increase begins a half hour after drinking and remains for about an hour and a half. Let your eye doctor know.
  • Diarrhea
  • the caffeine in black tea may cause diarrhea if drinking in excess
  • Constipation
  • The tannins in black tea may cause constipation

Final Thoughts

From tea plantation to your cup the journey starts with the picking of a leaf, processing and packing. You open the container, take a deep breath and the healing begins. The antioxidants in black tea prevail as one of the best health benefits. Moderation is the key and drinking 3 cups of black tea a day is no problem for this girl. Your journey begins by searching all the varieties of black tea until you find your favorite. If you are like me you will have many favorites.

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