If there is one thing we Indians can’t resist, it’s a perfectly made cup of chai. In fact, for us, tea is more of a necessity than a recreational beverage. Even I, an ardent coffee lover, can’t resist a cup to beat away those Monday blues.
While our love for tea remains unfaltering, our tastes have evolved over the times—as have the varieties in tea. Any shop now hosts Green tea, White tea, fruit tea but one that has remained popular throughout decades is Black tea or red tea, as it’s known in China
In fact, black tea is one of the most popular teas accounting for around 75% of the world’s consumption! With the people becoming more conscious about their health and eating habits, its demand is more likely to go even further up. But I’m pretty sure more than half of you already know the weight loss benefits of black tea. But that’s not the only reason that makes it a favourite.
Why is Black tea so popular? Well pour yourself a cup and read on to know why you should be treating your body to a cup of black tea every day.
Everyone longs for a cup of tea after a long day to unwind. Well, there is a scientific explanation why drinking tea calms us down. Black tea is proven to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. It contains amino acid L-Theanine which helps calm us down. Researchers have also found that people who drink black tea are able to overcome stress faster than those who don’t.
LOWERS RISK OF HEART DISEASES
CVD is the leading cause of death in India regardless of the region. Loss of life attributed to CVD increased by 59%from 1990 to 2010
Black tea is rich in catechins, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Regular consumption of black tea is shown to reduce the risk of clogged arteries as well as other heart-related diseases. It’s the elixir of life in a cup!
IMPROVES BONE HEALTH
Asian women are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis. Ever wondered why? The answer is simple. TEA.
Black tea is the simplest yet, powerful answer to osteoporosis. The antioxidants present in it boost bone density and prevents weakening of bones due to old age.
FACT: Tea makes you mentally alert and helps you focus better.
This is because tea contains caffeine that energizes you and makes you more attentive. What’s even better is that tea contains half the amount of caffeine as compared to coffee. What it means is no anxiety, restlessness or increased heartbeats. All the benefits without the ill effects. So go on, beat that afternoon slump without dreading caffeine.
FIGHTS OFF INFECTIONS
The antioxidants present in tea help fight free radicals which mutate cells and are the cause of skin aging and lower your immunity. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help fight off skin infections and boost the immune system.
IMPROVES ORAL HEALTH
We all know that the secret to a great smile is having great, healthy teeth. Black tea is just another reason for you to smile wider.
The Polyphenols found in tea fight the bacteria responsible for tooth and gum decay, leaving you with perfect pearly whites. The cancer-fighting properties of black tea also help prevent oral cancer by preventing the mutation of cells.
So there you have it, benefits of black tea that have nothing to do with weight loss! Of course, that doesn’t mean you start downing 40 cups a day to get immediate results, the excess of anything is bad. But introducing 1 cup of black tea a day is bound to go a long way to help you reap all the benefits that come with it.
So go on, pour a cup to treat yourself. Not all good things have to be bland.