Enjoy the rich, full flavor and many benefits of drinking black tea

The benefits of drinking black tea are remarkable, so don't let the abundance of green tea research distract you from what black tea has to offer!

Black tea, with its rich, full-bodied flavor isn't only a delight to the taste buds, but it's brimming with health benefits, as well. Black tea isn't just your grandmother's tea... it's a smart and delicious choice for you, too.

Black tea health benefits are many, including...

  • Black tea can help manage - or even prevent - diabetes. Black tea contains powerful polysaccharides, which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption - a potential benefit to those battling with diabetes. Even better - regularly drinking black tea may protect you from developing diabetes in the first place! Current research has discovered that countries that drink the most black tea (like Ireland and Britain) have the lowest occurrence of type 2 diabetes.

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)!

  • Black tea protects your heart health. Benefits of drinking black tea include decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease (such as heart attack and stroke). As little as 3 cups of black tea per day can decrease the chance of cardiovascular death by as much as 11%.
Benefits of Drinking Black Tea
  • Black tea is a tremendous source of potent antioxidants. Vital for health and wellness, antioxidants encourage a strong immune system, disable free radicals, improve cardiovascular health, fight harmful inflammation, and provide protection against chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, to name a few). 
  • Black tea may help with weight loss - in fact, research indicates that countries with high black-tea consumption have lower levels of obesity. Black tea helps to regulate blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling more balanced and satisfied - and craving fewer sweets! The caffeine in black tea may also enhance weight loss. And, black tea's antioxidants are known for contributing to weight management - they boost metabolism and help the body burn fat more effectively. As such, black tea may be a positive addition to your overall weight loss plan, along with staying active, making wise food choices, and getting plenty of rest. 
  • The antioxidants in black tea can also help reverse the visible effects of aging (like wrinkles and reduced skin elasticity). Time, stress, too much sun, and unhealthy eating can hurt the skin and cause it to age more than we'd like... This antioxidant-packed beverage works to reverse the damage, making your skin look younger, firmer, and more radiant.

Caffeine in Black Tea

You've heard you should avoid black tea because it has so much more caffeine than other teas (like green or white tea)... But this isn't necessarily true! Click here to learn more about caffeine in black tea.

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Black tea, which makes up 75% of the world's tea consumption, is the most widely consumed tea type worldwide - with good reason. Its comforting, full, rich flavor is just the beginning - the benefits of drinking black tea are many, and you won't regret keeping a stash of this classic favorite in your tea cupboard (especially when it is available in so many tempting blends and flavors!). Sometimes, nothing but black tea will do.

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Your Black Tea Benefits

What is your experience with black tea? Do you love this tea just for its comforting, familiar taste, or is it black tea's many health benefits that draw you to this delicious brew? We'd love to hear what you think of black tea and its benefits for health and wellness! Join the conversation below to share your thoughts, opinions, and advice with other visitors to our site...

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Stop aging  
My Name is Shrikant Patel, I am form Ottawa Canada, I take black tea from Indis, every morning with ginger. I am 59 years old but feel and look 30 years. …

First Timer 
I am a big green tea drinker and I just tried black tea for the first time today and just looked up all the benefits. I am in love with it! It will definitely …

Black tea helped me to overcome bad breath 
I used to have bad breath after taking salads. But when I used to take black tea along with, the problem of bad breath was solved. Whenever I used …

My Story 
I first began drinking tea when I was at a hotel. I asked to get some of that tea (Lipton's Black Tea). After a while, I started drinking tea regularly. …

Black Tea Is My Doctor 
Hello. I am an almost (June 13 birthday) 69 year old woman. I accidentally started drinking black tea. I have always been a tea drinker more so than …

Hi, I found out several years ago that I was insulin resistant which was pushing me to become diabetic. I didn't take any meds but I started trying to …

Black tea grades 
One of the interesting things about black tea is that it varies a lot in quality. A popular tea type it can be produced by different means. One is orthodox, …

Black tea made me wrinkles free 
Hi! I've been drinking black tea now for over 30 years. Everyone asked me why I look so young. I'm 59 but have been told many times I look nothing near …

Saved my Health!! 
I was battling with weight loss, and struggling with fatigue, so I decided to try natural premium BLACK TEA!!! It has completely changed my life! …

Great to start 
Actually tea is something to start with - I mean it always has to be tea at least for me in morning. In fact I wrote first post of my website that is tea. …

black tea is a lifesaver! 
Once, while having such severe menstrual discomfort (aka period cramps) that I couldn't walk, I decided to drink tea. We only had black tea, so I went …

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Benefits of drinking black tea aside... Are there any risks?

Studies have uncovered a few potential side effects of drinking tea that you should be aware of... Click here to learn more.

Check with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of black tea for you if you're thinking of adding this brew to your diet for any reason - say, for example, to help manage your diabetes or lose those unwanted pounds. This is especially important if you are expecting or a nursing mom, if you are taking any prescribed medications, or if you have been or are currently being treated for cancer.

And remember, black tea does have naturally occurring caffeine, so, if you happen to be sensitive to caffeine or are trying to manage your caffeine intake, you may want to monitor how much black tea you drink. Why not introduce a beneficial, caffeine-free herbal tea to your diet as an alternative when you've had enough black tea... like South African Rooibos, exotic cinnamon, or warming ginger tea?

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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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. 

Duffy SJ, Keaney JF Jr, Holbrook M, Gokce N, Swerdloff PL, Frei B, Vita JA. Short- and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. Circulation. 2001 Jul 10;104(2):151-6.

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Jones C, Woods K, Whittle G, Worthington H, Taylor G. Sugar, drinks, deprivation and dental caries in 14-year-old children in the north west of England in 1995. Community Dent Health. 1999 Jun;16(2):68-71.

Leung LK, Su Y, Chen† R, Zhang Z, Huang Y and Chen Z. Theaflavins in Black Tea and Catechins in Green Tea Are Equally Effective Antioxidants. J. Nutr. 2001 September 1;131(9)2248-2251.

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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