The Health Benefits of Black Tea
by Jon Stout
differences in the color and flavor of the types of tea.
There are also some other differences between green tea and black tea. The
fermentation process that black tea undergoes changes some of the plant's
compounds. For this reason, scientists have recently concluded that green tea is
more healthful than black. Very little research has been performed on white tea,
though it is likely that its compounds are very similar to those in green tea.
The reason that tea is so healthy is that it is a powerful source of anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants are important because they have the power to neutralize free radicals
in the body. Free radicals are created during the digestive process. They are oxygen
containing molecules that can destroy cells and DNA if not kept in check.
Anti-oxidants prevent free radicals from doing their damage; in the long run
preventing aging and disease.
Much research has been shown that suggests that some of the most important
anti-oxidants in the tea plant are compromised during the fermentation process;
leading to the belief that green tea is far healthier. EGCG is the anti-oxidant most
revered in green tea. This anti-oxidant is almost completely destroyed during the
However, there is also research that shows that the one of the most important
anti-oxidants in the tea plant - a substance known as theaflavins, are not
compromised during the fermentation process. These theaflavins are also very
healthy and may also have the power to prevent many diseases.
One study, reported by the UK Tea Council, showed that black tea has an abundance
of anti-oxidative activity, much like green tea. The theaflavins in black tea have been
shown to scavenge abnormal cells, helping to rid them from the body before they
can damage the body or mutate into cancer cells.
Theaflavins have also been shown to have the power to inhibit oxidation. There are
many situations in the body where oxidation occurs and causes damage. The most
significant example is the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
The reason that a high LDL cholesterol level is bad is that the LDL cholesterol that is
floating around in the blood oxidizes and hardens. This causes it to stick to the
arterial walls, restricting blood flow. Tea's anti-oxidants have been shown to prevent
this oxidation process, reducing the damage that LDL cholesterol can do.
In other studies, black tea has also been shown to be just as effective as green tea in
preventing certain diseases. For example, one study on oral cancer showed that
consuming either green or black tea can significantly reduce the risk of oral cancer,
particularly in those who smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.
In addition, some studies on breast cancer have shown that tea, whether black or
green, helped to ensure that women had an appropriate level of the sex hormone
binding globulin on critical days of their cycle. The level of binding globulin is important
because low levels of this hormone in pre-menopausal women have been associated
with a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
So, as you can see, green tea isn't the only tea that's good for you. Drinking black
tea is also a very healthy addition to your diet. And, that's good news since 80% of
the tea consumed in the world is black tea.
Black tea is available nearly any way you want it. There are hundreds of blends and
flavors available, ensuring that every palate can be satisfied with some form of green
tea. Nearly every restaurant you'll visit offers tea as a beverage, and you can get
bottled tea for when you're on the go. No other beverage besides water is so easy
to come by!
Tea, whether green or black, should be part of your everyday anti-oxidant intake,
along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Ensuring that your diet is rich in
anti-oxidants is one of the simplest things you can do to slow down the aging
process and prevent a wide variety of diseases.
So, go make yourself a big cup of tea. And, don't feel guilty if it's not a cup of green
tea. Black tea is good for you too, and may go a long way to helping you stay
healthy and young for many years to come.
About The Author
Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea
carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and
handcrafted with extreme care. At their website, you can learn more about their
current offerings, including their exceptional green tea
[http://www.goldenmoontea.com/greentea/], white tea, black tea, oolong tea (also
known as wu-long and wu long tea [http://www.goldenmoontea.com/wu-long/])
and chai. Visit goldenmoontea.com for all details concerning the Golden Moon Tea
Company's fine line of teas.
Tea is the second most popular
beverage in the world, after water.
And, in all parts of the world except
Asia, the vast majority of the tea
consumed is black tea. Scientists
have uncovered many healthful
benefits of drinking tea, making
drinking this very popular beverage a
very healthy habit to get into.
All tea comes from the Camellia
sinensis plant. Black tea differs from
green tea and white tea in the way it
is processed. Black tea is fermented
during processing; green and white
tea are not. This is what produces the
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