Top 10 health benefits of black tea

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What is Black tea

It is a famous type of tea. There are many health benefits of black tea. Peoples loves to drink it. Tea is the second most famous beverage in the world after water. This tea goes to more oxidization process as compared to other teas like yellow white and green tea.

All of these types of tea are prepared from the leaves of a shrub which is a medium-size plant. Peoples usually blend the leaves of the shrub with other related plants for the purpose of more flavored black tea.

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It has less caffeine as compared to coffee but contains a high value of caffeine as compared to other types of tea. Its rich flavor does not only provide the taste but there are many health benefits that are linked with drinking black tea.

Black tea origin and its discovery

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In the 17th century peoples of China discovered black tea. From China, it becomes famous all over the world. Before the discovery of this black tea, green tea and oolong tea were famous in the peoples of China.

The Discovery of black tea is also an interesting story.  An unscheduled camp of the army near the tea factory helps in bringing this tea to the eyes of the world. Due to this camping production of related teas was stopped. Due to the halt in production leaves of plants started changing the color.

To save these leaves and to dry them fast a farmer put some leaves over the fire of pinewood. A strong smoky black tea flavored was raised from the leaves and that was how black tea was discovered. Very soon it becomes famous among the peoples of China. In China tea is known as “red tea” China due to its red liquid color.

Black tea market

In 2018 business community makes $28.4 billion by selling black tea to the peoples of the world. This tea business is growing at a very fast rate, especially in Asian countries. Experts are suggesting that in 2025 market value of black tea will reach $41.1 billion. [ 1 ]CITATION: Black Tea Market 2019-2025: researchandmarkets

Top producer of black tea

 

China is the top world’s largest producer of black tea. It is followed by India, Kenya, and Srilanka.

Countries who are top in exporting black tea

In 2018 china, UAE and Poland were the top exporters of this tea respectively.  China makes 210 million USD from the business of black tea. UAE and Poland make 182.78 million USD and 148.11 million USD respectively. [ 2 ]CITATION✔️:Leading black tea exporting countries worldwide in 2018: statista

Countries who are top in importing black tea

According to records, Pakistan is the top importer of black tea. Pakistanis love to spend money on this tea. Most peoples in Pakistan can live without water but they can’t live a single day without this tea.

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In 2018 Pakistan import 570 million USD value of black tea. Black tea is known as “chai pati” or “dodh pati” in Pakistan. Russia and United States are second and third respectively. [ 3 ]CITATION✔️:Leading tea exporters worldwide 2019: statista

Health benefits

The Health benefits of drinking black tea are a lot. It has many antioxidants that provide many health effects to the body. Moreover, it improves heart health and prevents the body from various diseases. Here are top 10 health benefits of black tea:

It lowers the blood pressure

High blood pressure is the leading disease that is responsible for silence and early deaths in peoples. Hypersensitivity or high blood pressure is affecting approximately 1 billion peoples in the world. High blood pressure is a silent killer which contributes in bring many big diseases.

Bad cardiovascular health, kidney diseases, heart attack, vision problems, and various other health problems can be the results of high blood pressure.

Scientific studies have proved that the consumption of black tea can help in reducing blood pressure. According to research on large numbers of peoples, results shows that daily 3 cups of this tea can improve systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Daily consumption of black tea MAY also reduce stress which is mainly responsible for raising blood pressure. [ 4 ]CITATION✔️:Effects of Black Tea on Blood Pressure: A Randomized Controlled Trial: jamanetwork [ 5 ]CITATION✔️:Taubert, D., Roesen, R., & Schömig, E. (2007). Effect of cocoa and tea intake on blood pressure: a meta-analysis. Archives of internal medicine167(7), 626–634. doi.org/10.1001/archinte.167.7.626

May improve heart health

In 2019 Heart diseases were the no 1 in causing deaths. Black tea may help in improving heart health. This tea reduces blood pressure and a normal level of blood pressure is very necessary for heart health. Moreover, this tea has many antioxidants that provide benefits to heart health. Flavonoids in the black tea make the heart strong.

Drinking black tea daily can reduce many diseases that cause heart problems like high blood pressure, bad cholesterol level, obesity, and bad triglyceride levels. Studies and researches found that daily consumption of black can protect the person from heart health complications.

Like a study in 2011 on a group of peoples concluded that daily consumption of black tea just like a normal diet can lower the risks of bad cardiovascular incidents and can provide healthy nutrients to the body. Results of other studies also prove a link between black tea with heart health. Some studies show the link of drinking 3 to 8 glasses of black tea with the fewer chances of chronic heart diseases. [ 6 ]CITATION✔️:Bahorun, T., Luximon-Ramma, A., Neergheen-Bhujun, V. S., Gunness, T. K., Googoolye, K., Auger, C., Crozier, A., & Aruoma, O. I. (2012). The effect of black tea on risk factors of cardiovascular disease in a normal population. Preventive medicine54 Suppl, S98–S102. doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.12.009 [ 7 ]CITATION✔️:Gardner, E. J., Ruxton, C. H., & Leeds, A. R. (2007). Black tea–helpful or harmful? A review of the evidence. European journal of clinical nutrition61(1), 3–18. doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602489

It has many essential antioxidants

Healthy antioxidants are very essential for our body. This food content provides help in improving the health status of the body. A review of many studies found that consumption of black tea can provide very healthy effects to our bodies. A high level of flavonoids in black tea protects the body from tissues and cell damage. Healthy cells and tissues make the body strong which in results fight against diseases well. [ 8 ]CITATION✔️:Rietveld, A., & Wiseman, S. (2003). Antioxidant effects of tea: evidence from human clinical trials. The Journal of nutrition133(10), 3285S–3292S. doi.org/10.1093/jn/133.10.3285S [ 9 ]CITATION✔️:Liu R. H. (2003). Health benefits of fruit and vegetables are from additive and synergistic combinations of phytochemicals. The American journal of clinical nutrition78(3 Suppl), 517S–520S. doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/78.3.517S

Moreover, black tea has many polyphenols like catechins, thearubigins, and theaflavins.  The antioxidants are abundant in black tea which improves the health of the body. In short, these polyphenols prevent many health risks and improves the overall health of the body. Natural black tea has the best value in healthy antioxidants. Getting these antioxidants from pills or tablets can harm your health that is why prefer natural food which has the health-friendly value of antioxidants. [ 10 ]CITATION✔️:Antioxidative properties of black tea: doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.10.014

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It improves alertness and focus

There are many peoples who consume black tea for improving alertness at the work. Peoples like to drink tea while performing their work at home, school, or a job. Black tea is rich in caffeine and amino acid which plays a crucial role in improving alertness and focus.

L-theanine which is a nutrient of black tea reduces stress and helps the brain to relax which results in improve brain activity and focus.

A review of studies found that a combination of caffeine and l-theanine improves mental alertness, accuracy, and focus. Some other studies on this second most famous beverage(tea) concluded the same results. It was found that black tea is more effective in keeping the person alert, focused and attentive. [ 11 ]CITATION✔️:De Bruin, E. A., Rowson, M. J., Van Buren, L., Rycroft, J. A., & Owen, G. N. (2011). Black tea improves attention and self-reported alertness. Appetite56(2), 235–240. doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2010.12.011 [ 12 ]CITATION✔️:Bryan J. (2008). Psychological effects of dietary components of tea: caffeine and L-theanine. Nutrition reviews66(2), 82–90. doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2007.00011.x

Reduces risks of brain stroke

A stroke usually occurs due to the less supply of blood to the brain. Blood provides oxygen to the brain and its reduction can lead to damaged cells of the brain. Stroke can cause brain cell death and prompt medical treatments are required for hope. According to WHO  stroke was second in causing high numbers of deaths globally just below heart diseases. [ 13 ]CITATION✔️:Global Health Estimates: Life expectancy and leading causes of death and disability: www.who.int

You will be surprised to know that black tea has healthy effects that can lower the risks of stroke on peoples. Perhaps antioxidants value in black tea is a cheap tool against many diseases including stroke.

Science has done many studies on black tea and its relation to reducing the risks of diseases. A study for 11 years on 74961 peoples which includes men and women who were CVD and cancer-free found that high consumption of black tea works very well against the risks of strokes. Results of that study concluded that consumption of this tea can lower the chances of dying due to stroke. Most of these studies and researches were done under the top health experts and these studies’ results present black tea as a healthy beverage that can prevent strokes and various other deadly diseases. [ 14 ]CITATION✔️:Larsson, S. C., Virtamo, J., & Wolk, A. (2013). Black tea consumption and risk of stroke in women and men. Annals of epidemiology23(3), 157–160. doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.12.006 [ 15 ]CITATION✔️:Arab, L., Liu, W., & Elashoff, D. (2009). Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis. Stroke40(5), 1786–1792. doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.538470

It may help against type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is also a common disease that destroys the health system of our body. More diabetes also increases the risks of heart diseases, kidney failure, obesity, depression, and glaucoma.  The report of 2019 put diabetes on the list of the top 10 deadly diseases. Elevated blood pressure due to type 2 diabetes can increase the risks of early death.

High consumption of unhealthy foods can raise the risks of type 2 diabetes. Living in a stressed environment is also the cause of diabetes. [ 13 ]CITATION✔️:Global Health Estimates: Life expectancy and leading causes of death and disability: www.who.int

A 4-week study on type 2 diabetes patients shows healthy results. Results show that consumption of daily doses of black tea can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in type diabetic patients. Studies show that epigallocatechin gallate which is found in black, green, and oolong tea can help the human body in improving insulin levels. Healthy and normal insulin levels are very essential for good health. [ 14 ]CITATION✔️:Larsson, S. C., Virtamo, J., & Wolk, A. (2013). Black tea consumption and risk of stroke in women and men. Annals of epidemiology23(3), 157–160. doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2012.12.006

Helps in maintaining the health of the gut

The gut contains huge numbers of healthy bacteria that improve the health of the body. Consumption of black tea can increase the growth of these healthy bacterias. Dietary polyphenols found in black tea are very helpful in preventing bad bacteria like salmonella and helicobacter pylori.

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These healthy polyphenols help the lactobacillus strains which play an important role in the body. [ 15 ]{end-texte}CITATION✔️:Arab, L., Liu, W., & Elashoff, D. (2009). Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis. Stroke40(5), 1786–1792. doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.108.538470

It helps in lowering bad cholesterol

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Bad levels of cholesterol can raise heart problems. Many cardiovascular diseases are associated with high levels of LDL cholesterol. Scientific studies have found that consumption of black tea can reduce LDL cholesterol and can lead to a healthy heart and cardiovascular health. Ingredients in black tea can help in improving the cholesterol level that can prevent obesity and bad heart-related incidents. [ 16 ]CITATION✔️Wiseman, S. A., Muesing, R. A., & Chen, S. C. (2003). Black tea consumption reduces total and LDL cholesterol in mildly hypercholesterolemic adults. The Journal of nutrition133(10), 3298S–3302S. doi.org/10.1093/jn/133.10.3298S [ 17 ]CITATION✔️:Fujita, H., & Yamagami, T. (2008). Antihypercholesterolemic effect of Chinese black tea extract in human subjects with borderline hypercholesterolemia. Nutrition research (New York, N.Y.)28(7), 450–456. doi.org/10.1016/j.nutres.2008.04.005

Reduces the risks of atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque starts taking place in the walls of arteries. Free radicals that are also known as unstoppable atoms that destroy the cells are the main contributor in causing Atherosclerosis. Too much plaque causes resistance in the arteries which can raise blood pressure, can cause kidney damage, stroke, and heart problems. Some results of studies suggest that black tea and green tea both are very effective in inhibiting Atherosclerosis. ( 18 )

May lower the risks of different types cancers

Cancer is the worst disease that is causing huge numbers of deaths annually. According to the data of WHO cancer was one of the top 10 diseases that causes huge numbers of deaths globally. Some types of cancer are preventable with a healthy diet and a good diet while some types are non-preventable. [ 13 ]CITATION✔️:Global Health Estimates: Life expectancy and leading causes of death and disability: www.who.int

According to cancer.org consumption of green tea and black tea can reduce the risks of cancer. Polyphenols in black and green tea are very effective against the development of cancer and tumor. Another study results from present black tea as a very healthy beverage that inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Polyphenols in black tea inhibit the growth of cancer and reduce the risks of cancers like breast cancer. Black tea helps by improves the survival rate of cancer patients.  [ 19 ]CITATION✔️:Beltz, L. A., Bayer, D. K., Moss, A. L., & Simet, I. M. (2006). Mechanisms of cancer prevention by green and black tea polyphenols. Anti-cancer agents in medicinal chemistry6(5), 389–406. doi.org/10.2174/187152006778226468 [ 20 ]CITATION✔️:Way, T. D., Lee, H. H., Kao, M. C., & Lin, J. K. (2004). Black tea polyphenol theaflavins inhibit aromatase activity and attenuate tamoxifen resistance in HER2/neu-transfected human breast cancer cells through tyrosine kinase suppression. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)40(14), 2165–2174. doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2004.06.018

Black Tea and its Expiry date

Oxidized black tea can last more as compared to other famous tea like green tea. Black tea can last one to two years if kept in a closed container. Keeping the tea away from the sunlight improves the life of the tea. A cool and dark place is best to store this tea.

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Sarfraz
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Sarfraz is a 25-year-old writer. He loves to read and write. These are his best hobbies. Sarfraz is an experienced nutritionist and fitness trainer. Mostly he writes on health or fitness-related topics. His best friend is his brother Dr. Omer (MBBS) who reviews his articles. HERE IS EMAIL If you want to contact him: sarfraz@address4health.com
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