Black Tea Benefits for Health & Wellbeing

Black tea benefits wellness in so many ways! Brew a cup of this tasty tea to feel less stressed after a hectic day, for an antioxidant boost, to look (and feel) younger, and to support heart, dental, and bone health - and for so many other reasons. 

Did you know that tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world? (Only water is enjoyed more.) And, of all of the amazingly delicious and healthful teas available to us, black tea is still our favorite. 

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, which goes a long way towards explaining why this tea has been so popular for so many years with so many people. 

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We'd love to hear about your experience with black tea! Whether you love it for its taste or its wellness benefits, share your story here (and see what others are saying about this amazing brew, too)!

Here are some of the reasons why richly fragrant black tea is a healthful, delicious tea choice. 

  • Black tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, and an antioxidant-rich diet is essential for our good health and wellness. Not only can antioxidants encourage a healthy immune system, fight harmful free radicals, boost metabolism, and provide anti-inflammatory benefits, they also help to protect us against chronic disease (such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, and diabetes). Including black tea in your day is a simple, flavorful, and inexpensive way to incorporate more beneficial antioxidants in your diet. 
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  • Enhance skin health and beauty with black tea. Over time, stress, excess sun exposure, pollution, and unhealthy habits (like poor diet and smoking) can damage skin and cause it to age more rapidly than we'd like. Black tea's antioxidants also provide anti-aging benefits, working to lessen the effects of aging (like wrinkles, dull skin, and loss of skin elasticity), and helping to keep skin looking younger, firmer, and more radiant. And, drinking tea regularly is a great way to keep your skin well-hydrated, too (also important for skin health and beauty). 

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  • Show your heart some love by sipping black tea. Drinking black tea regularly may support cardiovascular health by improving cholesterol, boosting artery function and health, and lessening the risk of heart attack and stroke. Black tea is rich in flavonoids, which are powerful nutrients known to benefit the cardiovascular system. Certain studies have found that consuming 3 cups of black tea per day may lower the chance of heart attack by as much as 11%, and reduce the risk of stroke by more than 20%. 
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  • Drink tea regularly now for healthy brain function in later life. Developing a tea habit now may benefit cognitive wellness in coming years. Recent research tells us that consistent, long-term enjoyment of black, green, or oolong tea could lower the risk of cognitive decline as we age, and help to protect us against degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's. 
  • Enjoy black tea to support healthy blood sugar levels. Black tea contains potent polysaccharides, which are carbohydrates that work to slow blood sugar absorption and may lessen the chance of developing diabetes. Countries with the highest black tea consumption (such as Ireland and Britain) have the lowest occurrence of type 2 diabetes, and consuming 1 to 2 cups of black (or green) tea regularly over a long period of time may significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Camellia sinensis

Black tea comes from the Camellia sinensis tea plant... but it's not the only tea that does. Learn more here about our beloved tea and the Camellia sinensis tea plant. 

  • Drink some black tea to help you (and your achy muscles) recover more quickly after exercise or activity. Black tea's powerful antioxidants can help to reduce or even prevent DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness) after an anaerobic workout - and shorten your recovery time after exercise, as well. 
  • Looking to reach - or maintain - a healthy weight? Research targeting black tea consumption around the world has found that high black tea consumption is related to lower levels of obesity. As black tea may help to regulate blood sugar levels, sipping this tea can leave you feeling more balanced and satisfied - and craving fewer sweets! The naturally occurring caffeine in black tea may also help with your weight-loss goals, and black tea's antioxidants boost metabolism and encourage the body to burn fat more effectively. If you're wanting to reach or stay at a healthy weight, this flavorful tea may be a good addition to your overall weight-management plan, along with staying active, enjoying nutritious foods, and getting plenty of rejuvenating sleep. 

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Local and online tea shops, grocery stores, and markets offer so many tea choices nowadays, and it's natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure even where to begin! Just remember, there are many reasons why black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea worldwide. Besides its comforting, full, rich flavor, it has so many benefits for wellbeing, and you won't regret keeping a stash of this classic favorite in your tea cupboard. 

Iced Black Tea Benefits

Iced black tea made from scratch will provide you with all of the lovely black tea benefits you enjoy in hot black tea - and you'll find the iced version to be a refreshing alternative on hot summer days. If you're new to making your own iced tea, browse through some Iced Tea Tips, and why not visit our Yummy Iced Tea Recipes Pinterest board for some iced tea inspiration and ideas? 

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 wellness benefits that draw you to this delicious brew? We'd love to hear what you think of black tea and its benefits for good health! Join the conversation below to share your thoughts, opinions, and advice with other visitors to our site...

What Other Visitors to Our Site Have Said

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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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