If you've been wondering about health benefits black tea is chock-full!

When it come to health benefits black tea is brimming! Pour a cup and sip some of this soothing brew to keep your bones strong, freshen your breath, and much more.

Black tea has been brewed and enjoyed by tea lovers for centuries, and its comforting, familiar taste and aroma are just the tip of the iceberg - this beloved beverage is a smart choice for your physical, emotional, and mental health, too.

If you've been wondering about health benefits black tea provides so many. Here are more of the many ways this worldwide favorite can support health and wellness.

  • Black tea is a stress buster! No, drinking black tea regularly won't reduce your stress levels after a stressful event - but it can bring your cortisol (a.k.a. the 'stress' hormone) levels back to normal far more quickly. You'll feel better faster - plus, you'll be less vulnerable to other chronic illnesses (like heart disease) that too much stress can potentially lead to.
  • Keep bones dense and strong with black tea. With age, we lose bone mass and our bones become weaker and thinner. However, regularly drinking black, oolong, and/or green tea can increase your bone strength - and reduce the risk of a fracture. Studies have found that tea drinkers who have enjoyed one or more of these teas regularly for six or more years have stronger overall BMD (bone mineral density) than those who don't normally drink tea. (A low BMD is linked to an increased risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.) A long-term tea-drinking habit - ten years or more - leads to even greater bone strength.
  • Black tea may help you (and your sore muscles) recover more quickly after a workout. Black tea's 'theaflavins' (which are powerful antioxidants) have been found to significantly reduce DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness) after an intense anaerobic workout - and shorten your recovery time after exercise, as well.
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  • Black tea can protect against dental plaque, cavities, and tooth decay - and freshen your breath! Black tea (and oolong and green teas, as well) stops the development of cavity-producing bacteria in our mouths, and prevents the bacteria that is there from producing acid. The antioxidants in black tea work to prevent plaque buildup on your teeth, keeping your teeth healthier and your breath fresher! Tea drinkers (as compared to those who turn to carbonated drinks or coffee) have fewer cavities and better overall dental health - whether or not they add sugar to their tea!
  • Yes, black tea does have caffeine - but it has less caffeine than many other drinks, such as energy drinks and coffee. So, when you choose black tea, you'll get caffeine benefits - increased alertness, concentration, and energy - but will most likely bypass the caffeine 'blues' - insomnia, irritability, headaches, etc. - that can follow when you have too much caffeine. Wondering about how much caffeine is safe for you? Click here for details about recommended caffeine amounts.

Black Tea Benefits & You!

We'd love to hear about your experience with black tea! If black tea is one of your favorites (just for its delicious taste, or for its many health benefits, too), why not share your thoughts and opinions? Share your story here (and see what others are saying about this amazing brew, too)!

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Simply for health benefits black tea is amazing... Find more black tea benefits here. Or, if you're interested in learning more about the research studies supporting the benefits of drinking black tea, visit one of our Black Tea Research pages.

More people around the world drink black tea than any other type of tea. This isn't surprising, based on its delicious, calming taste, let alone the many ways it nurtures our health and wellness. Be sure to keep some of this amazing tea in your tea stash. It's perfect when you need a bit of comfort and want to do some good for your health, too.

Why not try...

  • Watching your caffeine intake. Healthy adults should aim to have no more than 200 - 400 mg caffeine daily, in order to avoid unpleasant caffeine side effects. True teas (all teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant) have caffeine - click here to learn more about tea and caffeine.

Love the health benefits black tea provides... but should I worry about any risks or side effects?

Even with its many health benefits black tea may have a few potential side effects... Click here to learn more about possible side effects of tea.

If you're planning to add higher levels of black tea to your diet for any reason, be sure to ask your healthcare provider first about safe amounts of this brew for you (especially if you're expecting or nursing a wee one, if you're taking any prescription medications, or if you have been or currently are being treated for cancer). 

Keep in mind, too, if you're sensitive to caffeine, you'll need to watch your black tea consumption - this tea does have caffeine. Wondering how much? You can learn more about caffeine in black tea here. 

More about Black Tea Benefits

Benefits of Black Tea - Black tea is the most popular tea around the world - and not just for its delicious, comforting taste! Learn more about the benefits of our favorite tea here. 

Black Tea Benefits & You! - See what other visitors to our site are saying about black tea benefits for health and wellness, and why not share your own thoughts, opinions, and advice about black tea, too?

Black Tea Research - Interested in what recent research has to say about black tea? Visit our Black Tea Research pages to read up on current scientific studies targeting this healthful brew. 


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Arent SM, Senso M, Golem DL and McKeever KH. The effects of theaflavin-enriched black tea extract on muscle soreness, oxidative stress, inflammation, and endocrine responses to acute anaerobic interval training: a randomized, double-blind, crossover study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2010;7:11 

Bahorun T, Luximon-Ramma A, Neergheen-Bhujun VS, Kumar Gunness T, Googoolye K, Auger C, Crozier A, Aruoma OI. The effect of black tea on risk factors of cardiovascular disease in a normal population. Preventive Medicine. 54:S98-S102.

Chen H, Qu Z, Fu L, Dong P. and Zhang X. Physicochemical Properties and Antioxidant Capacity of 3 Polysaccharides from Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Black Tea. Journal of Food Science. 2009;74: C469–C474. 

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Linke HA, LeGeros RZ. Black tea extract and dental caries formation in hamsters. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2003 Jan;54(1):89-95.

Panagiotakos DB, Lionis C, Zeimbekis A, et al. Long-Term Tea Intake is Associated with Reduced Prevalence of (Type 2) Diabetes Mellitus among Elderly People from Mediterranean Islands: MEDIS Epidemiological Study. Yonsei Medical Journal. 2009;50(1):31-38.

Peters U, Poole C and Arab L. Does Tea Affect Cardiovascular Disease? A Meta-Analysis. Am. J. Epidemiol. 2001;154 (6):495-503. 

Steptoe A, Gibson EL, Vounonvirta R, Williams ED, Hamer M, Rycroft JA, Erusalimsky JD, Wardle J. The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial. Psychopharmacology. 2007 January;190(1):81-89.

Wu C, Yang Y, Yao W, Lu F, Wu J, Chang C. Epidemiological Evidence of Increased Bone Mineral Density in Habitual Tea Drinkers. Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(9):1001-1006. 

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