Black tea is good and healthy if we drink it in moderate doses. Its origins come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but people often mix it together with other plants. The reason is that this way you can create different flavors, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast, or chai. Black tea has a strong flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas. However, it doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee. Black tea can have health benefits, due to the fact that it contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Today we are going to tell you more about this beverage.
Antioxidants provide a lot of health benefits and are generally good to have in our system. If we consume them in any form (from food or drinks, or supplements) it could help remove free radicals. The free radicals are mainly responsible for damaging the systems in our bodies. By decreasing their amount in our blood, we help decrease the risk of chronic diseases.
One type of antioxidant is Polyphenols, which you can find in certain foods and beverages, like black tea. The main sources of antioxidants in black tea are groups of polyphenols, which may boost your overall health.
Furthermore, a study with rats examined the effect of theaflavins in black tea on the risk of diabetes, obesity, and elevated cholesterol. According to the results, the theaflavins reduced cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Many supplements contain antioxidants, however, it is best to consume them naturally through food and beverages.
According to studies, the type of bacteria that live inside your gut plays an important role in your overall health. The reason is that the gut contains trillions of bacteria, as well as 70–80% of your immune system. Furthermore, some bacteria in your gut are good for your health, but others are not.
Like we already mentioned before, black tea contains polyphenols. They could help maintain a healthy gut by boosting the growth of good bacteria and decreasing the growth of bad bacteria.
In addition, black tea contains antimicrobial properties that kill off harmful substances. They also help improve gut bacteria and immunity by assisting the repair of the lining inside the digestive tract.
High blood pressure can increase the risk of you developing health issues, such as heart and kidney failure, stroke, vision loss, etc. Fortunately, modifications in your diet and lifestyle can directly impact blood pressure and stabilize it.
In a randomized, controlled study the role of black tea in decreasing blood pressure was examined. For six months, half of the participants drank three cups of black tea, and the other half drank a placebo.
The results pointed out that those who drank black tea had a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, compared to the placebo group.
If you drink moderate doses of black tea daily (without overdosing), combined with healthy lifestyle modifications could help lower high blood pressure.
Like we mentioned earlier, caffeine is one of the main substances in black tea. Together with another compound, found in this tea, the amino acid called L-theanine, they may help boost alertness and focus.
L-theanine can increase the alpha activity in your brain, which will result in relaxation and better focus. According to some studies, beverages that contain L-theanine and caffeine have the greatest impact on focus, because of the effects of L-theanine on the brain.
Two randomized studies examined black tea’s effects on accuracy and alertness. According to both studies, black tea significantly increased accuracy and alertness among participants, compared to a placebo.
This means that black tea is a great choice if you want to improve energy and focus without consuming a lot of caffeine.
Author: Mihaela Ahchieva