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Black tea and its 7 benefits

Black tea and its 7 health benefits

While we often talk about the virtues of green tea, we sometimes forget to mention the many benefits of black tea. Consumed for thousands of years in its native China, black tea is now one of the most consumed beverages in the world after water. Indeed, this beverage is very popular at breakfast for its clean taste and smoky notes. It is also the black tea, married with bergamot, that makes up the famous Earl Grey tea, emblematic of the United Kingdom.

Although it comes from the same plant, black tea differs from green tea in the oxidation and fermentation phase that the tea leaves undergo. This difference in treatment directly impacts the molecular structure of the plant, and gives black tea its very particular flavour and virtues that we will discover together in this article.

The benefits of black tea on cardiovascular health

Black tea is the richest in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants of the polyphenol family, which help fight bad cholesterol and its consequences on the body. Regular consumption of black tea infusions helps to reduce the risk of stroke, ensure healthy arteries and heart muscle and promote good blood circulation.

A physical and mental stimulant

Like coffee, black tea contains caffeine, but in much smaller quantities. The result is that the brain and nervous system are stimulated, without causing undesirable symptoms (tachycardia, nervousness, headaches, subsequent loss of energy, etc.). In fact, in excess, caffeine over-stimulates the body and ends up having the opposite effect to that for which it is consumed. To have energy throughout the day without hindering your sleep and serenity, do not exceed 400 mg of caffeine per day, that is to say 3 cups of coffee and almost 9 cups of tea, without taking into account the fact that the latter is commonly served in much larger cups.

Black tea helps to burn fat

The stimulating properties of black tea also make it a valuable aid in maintaining a slim figure. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity, it stimulates the metabolism and facilitates the burning of fat. Thus, people wishing to lose a few kilos or get back into shape can incorporate black tea into their daily diet to facilitate their approach.

Fighting free radicals with black tea

As you can see, black tea is rich in antioxidants. Theaflavin and thearubigin, in particular, help combat the oxidative stress that cells undergo in response to free radical aggression. Free radicals are agents produced by the body which, when present in excess, attack healthy cells and accelerate their degeneration.

The harmful action of free radicals on the body has been implicated in ageing, arthritis, cancer and certain cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Black tea to strengthen bones

We've told you about the benefits of flavonoids in black tea in the fight against cardiovascular disease, but the powers of these antioxidants don't stop there. Black tea has actually proven to be effective in the fight against osteoporosis, a disease that manifests itself in a loss of bone density and often leads to fractures in those who suffer from it.

It is therefore recommended for elderly people at risk of developing this type of disease to prevent or help improve cases of osteoporosis. But there is no need to wait until you are a senior citizen to drink black tea! The earlier it starts to work on your body, the better the results.

Black tea reduces the risk of certain cancers

When cells are badly oxidised, they no longer communicate properly with the rest of the body and change their behaviour. This is when they can reproduce abnormally in the body and cause cancer. Although black tea alone is not enough to eradicate the risk of developing this disease, its antioxidant content makes it one of the foods to include in your daily diet to help your body function at full capacity!

Black tea, an ally of your oral health

Finally, black tea is said to have oral health properties! Studies have shown that black tea can be used to slow down the formation of dental plaque by preventing bacteria from digesting sugar residues and transforming them into acids that are aggressive to teeth and gums. Combined with good oral hygiene and a diet low in sugar and acids, black tea is therefore a tasty ally in the fight against cavities, bad breath, gingivitis and tooth sensitivity!