Love these Health Benefits of Black Tea!

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.

Black Tea and Its Powerful Antioxidants

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.

Health benefits of black 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.

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)!

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.

Black Tea helps You Recover after Exercise

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.

Love these health benefits of black tea... but what about caffeine?

Hmmm... You absolutely love your black tea, but you're concerned about caffeine in your diet after everything you've been hearing.

So, exactly how much caffeine does tea have - and how much caffeine is safe for you? Click here to learn more about caffeine in black tea.

Black Tea fights Cavities and Tooth Decay

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.

Camellia Sinensis

Black tea comes from the Camellia sinensis tea plant... but it's not the only tea that does! Click here for more information about our beloved tea and where it comes from.

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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.

Why not try...

  • Black tea may be the staple (or only) tea in your tea stash, but it isn't your only tea option... why not expand your palate and try white tea or pu-erh tea for a delightful change?
  • Loose leaf black tea. Yes, teabags are so handy, but you may be missing out not only on some amazing blends and varieties of tea, but also on some flavor and richness, as well... Loose leaf tea is a delicious new way to enjoy the health benefits of black 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. 


Arab L, Liu W, Elashoff D. Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis. Stroke. 2009 May;40(5):1786-92. 

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. 

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.

Gawlik M, Czajka A. The effect of green, black and white tea on the level of alpha and gamma tocopherols in free radical-induced oxidative damage of human red blood cells. Acta Pol Pharm. 2007 Mar-Apr;64(2):159-64.

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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