A recent study of the potential health benefits of drinking black tea (Aug 30 2022 by the National Cancer Institute) of 500,000 tea drinkers (male & female aged 40 to 69) has shown that higher tea intake is linked to a lowered risk of death. Black tea is the most common type of tea consumed in the U.K whilst green tea is the most popular in the Far East.
It was found that people who drank 2 or more cups of tea per day had a 9% to 13% lower risk of death from any cause than people who did not drink tea. Higher tea consumption was also associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and stroke. The benefit was seen regardless of tea temperature, adding milk or sugar, and genetic variations affecting the rate at which people metabolize caffeine.
The findings suggest that black tea, even at higher levels of intake, can be part of a healthy diet.
10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Black Tea
Black tea is rich in antioxidants that may provide benefits including improved heart and gut health, lowered “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Sorry if the below is a little scientific but do feel free to Google and it does all add up to a really good thing!
- Black Tea has antioxidant properties
Black tea contains a group of polyphenols with antioxidant properties. These antioxidants can help decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve your overall health including assisting in weight loss.
- Black Tea may boost heart health
Black tea contains another group of antioxidants called flavonoids, which benefit heart health. Consuming them on a regular basis may help reduce many risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated triglyceride levels, and obesity.
- Black Tea may lower “bad” LDL cholesterol
LDL and HDL are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol throughout the body. Too much LDL in the body can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies have found that black tea may help reduce LDL levels though results are mixed.
- Black Tea may improve gut health
The polyphenols found in black tea may help maintain a healthy gut by promoting the growth of good bacteria and inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. In addition, black tea may contain antimicrobial properties that kill off harmful substances and improve gut bacteria and immunity by helping repair the lining of the digestive tract.
- Black Tea may help reduce blood pressure
High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart and kidney failure, stroke, vision loss, and heart attacks. Drinking black tea on a regular basis may help decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
- Black Tea may help reduce the risk of stroke
One study of 365,682 people looked at the link between drinking tea or coffee and the risk of stroke, dementia, and post-stroke dementia. After following participants for over 11 years, the study found that those who drank at least two cups of tea had a 16% lower risk of ischemic stroke compared to those who did not drink tea.
- Black Tea may lower blood sugar levels
Elevated blood sugar levels may increase your risk of health complications, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, and depression. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted when you consume sugar. Black tea is a great non-sweetened beverage that may help improve the use of insulin and reduce blood sugar.
- Black Tea may help reduce the risk of cancer
Over 100 different types of cancer exist, and some are just not preventable. Black tea contains polyphenols, which may help fight cancer cells in the body. Although consuming black tea will not cure cancer, it may help decrease cancer cell development and reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.
- Black Tea may improve focus
Black tea contains caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine. This amino acid increases alpha activity in the brain, which can help improve focus and alertness.
- Black Tea is easy to make!
Not only is black tea good for you, it’s also simple to make taking only a couple of minutes. You can use either tea bags or loose leaves and adjust the taste to your preference. Black tea is a great option if you are looking for a low-calorie, non-sweetened beverage with less caffeine than coffee or energy drinks. It has a strong, unique flavour and contains plenty of antioxidants, which can provide several health benefits. These may include improved cholesterol, better gut health, and decreased blood pressure.
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