Black Tea 101 | The Health Benefits

     Black tea is one of the most popular teas to drink. Today, 90% of all tea sold in the U.S. is black tea. The production of black tea continues to derive from China, India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Black tea can be brewed in a variety of ways and pairs well with many different flavor additives. It is a base for many of our best-sellers and is a personal favorite here at Hackberry. Due to its bold flavor, versatility, and ability to give you a boost of energy, more and more people are falling in love with this prominent tea. Depending on the steeping time, black tea can hold a lot of caffeine. That assisted energy is often what attracts people to this type of tea. But what other benefits, specifically health benefits, can black tea provide in its delicious cup?

     Many studies have revealed that black tea can have a positive impact on heart health. One study published in 2017 showed that there was a reduced risk of ischaemic heart disease when drinking a cup of plain hot black tea every day. The research discovered that this due to the high amounts of antioxidants (flavan-3-ols, flavonols, theaflavins, and gallic acid derivatives) found in black tea. Lowered cholesterol levels were an additional benefit exposed during this research.

     As mentioned above, black tea has a high number of health-promoting flavonoids and theaflavins. Increased levels of flavonoids are often linked to a decreased risk of advanced cancer, specifically prostate and ovarian. A study published in 2016 showed how the theaflavin levels in black tea were able to stop the growth of cells that prohibit cisplatin, an anti-cancer drug, to work properly. Black tea is a natural and less toxic way to diminish cancerous cell growth.

     Black tea is a great beverage to drink when you have a headache or upset stomach caused by digestive issues.  The tannins in black tea can calm inflammation in the intestines, which can help with digestion, and the caffeine levels can ease headaches and promote mental focus. Unlike coffee, which can sometimes make you too energetic from caffeine, tea can be a more balanced energizer. The almost calming effect of black tea can increase alertness while also lowering stress hormone (cortisol) levels.

     How fantastic and convenient it is that something as delicious as black tea can be so healthy for you! The benefits I listed above are the ones that I found most fascinating. There are much more that can be discovered if you decide to do further research. Whether you drink your black tea hot or iced, you can enjoy it, even more, knowing that it is doing your body good.

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