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Health Benefits of Black Tea


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Black Tea is by far the most popular type of tea enjoyed in Britain. The most popular varieties being Breakfast and Earl Grey Tea. Few realise that this everyday drink we all enjoy, as well as being delicious and comforting, is actually benefiting our overall health.

Here we lay out some of the more widely publicized health benefits of black tea.

A Source of Antioxidants

Black tea contains healthy substances called Polyphenols, which are anti-oxidants that can help protect your cells from damage. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties, which assist in preventing heart related illnesses and boost the immune system in protection from common colds, viruses and the flu

Increase ‘Alertness’ and Energy

Simply black tea is a good source of caffeine, which boosts energy levels. It also contains theophylline, which is known to boost your heart rate and make you feel more alert.

Oral Health

Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association suggests that black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.

Stress Relief

Most Tea drinkers will be aware of the calming and relaxing benefits of black tea. The amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can help you relax and concentrate better. Black tea has also been shown in some studies to reduce the stress hormone cortisol when consumed in moderate amounts on a regular basis.

Aid Digestion

Black tea contains compounds called Tannins, which have a therapeutic effect on gastric and intestinal problems.

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