The abundant health benefits of black tea go a long way in explaining why this tea has been so popular for so many years with so many people.
Black tea is the most widely consumed tea around the world. We love black tea for its refreshing, comforting, full-bodied taste, but that's not all it provides for us... Black tea is brimming with a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional benefits, as well!
Scientific studies about black tea confirm the many ways black tea is good for our health and wellness. This beloved beverage can protect your heart, provide relief from a stressful day, help you recover after an intense workout, keep your breath fresh - and much more.
Let's take a look at more black tea research.
Green tea is renowned for its extraordinary levels of 'catechins,' which are potent antioxidants. Black tea also contains powerful antioxidants called 'theaflavins,' which a 2001 study demonstrated to be as effective as the catechins in green tea.
Antioxidants are vital for good health - they disable free radicals, help with weight management, and boost the immune system. Antioxidants play an essential role in protecting our bodies from chronic disease (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, for example), as well.
Antioxidants can also reverse the signs of aging we dislike so much (loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, and more). Click here to read the research abstract for this study or, if you'd rather read the entire journal article, you can find it here.
Another study in 2007 confirmed how valuable the antioxidants found in black, green, and white teas are. This research found that each of these teas (green tea in particular) can lessen oxidative damage in our red blood cells.
Oxidative stress, which is caused by free radicals, can make us more vulnerable to chronic disease and age us before our time. Oxidative stress may also lead to low-grade chronic inflammation, which plays a major role in the onset and development of many health concerns and diseases (heart disease, obesity, infertility, cancer, diabetes, IBS, Crohn's, PCOS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and osteoporosis, to name a few). Would you like to learn more? You'll find the study abstract here.
Another black tea health benefit is its ability to help you - and your muscles - recover better after exercise.
Black tea's theaflavins (antioxidants) were found, in a 2010 study at Rutgers University in New Jersey, to assist in preventing DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), the muscle ache that usually follows anaerobic exercise. Theaflavin-rich black tea can also improve recovery after exercise, as well.
Anaerobic exercise is high intensity and involves short spurts of power.
Interested in reading more about how black tea can help you recover after your workout? You'll find the research article here.
A 2003 study about black tea and dental health found that black tea is very effective in preventing cavities - even when sugar is part of the diet, as well! The antioxidants in black tea stop plaque from developing, so enjoying this delicious tea regularly can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, and keep your breath fresher, as well! Interested in reading more? Click here for the research abstract.
In 1995, a study of 14-year-olds in England found that tea drinkers have fewer cavities and better dental health overall, as compared to those who usually choose carbonated drinks or coffee. This holds true whether or not sugar is added to the tea! For more information about this research about the health benefits of black tea for dental health, click here.
It's truly no surprise that black tea is enjoyed by so many people so often... its enticing aroma and satisfying taste aside, it provides myriad health benefits, too, helping to keep us strong and well. This simple, uplifting beverage packs a powerful punch!
And remember, your healthcare provider is your source for more information if you have any questions or concerns about the health benefits of black tea and adding black tea to your diet - especially if you are a nursing mom or expecting, or if you are taking any prescription medications.
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