Health Benefits of Black Tea

Health Benefits of Black Tea

Black teaUntil recently, tea research has focused more ongreen tea. Ho wever, recent studies indicate the compounds contained in black tea – theaflavins and thearubigens – not only contribute to the dark color and distinctive flavor but they represent potential molecules with therapeutic implication. Polyphenolic compounds present in black tea can protect cells and tissues from oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals. Synergistic interactions amongst black tea constituents play a major role in the beneficial effect of tea. Given below are some health benefits from black tea.

Neurological disease
Reports suggest that Black tea could lower the incidence of Parkinsons disease, Theanine present in black tea increases alpha brain wave activity resulting in calmer state of mind and it also reduces stress.

Diabetes
Tea consumption is said to be associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes It may blunt the spike in sugar level after the meal.

Cardiovascular disease
Black tea is said to reduce the risk of heart problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol and blood sugar. Studies have shown that there is risk reduction of coronary heart disease at intakes > 3 cups tea per day.

Cancer
Studies suggest that Tea polyphenolics inhibit tumor cell proliferation. In addition, tea polyphenols may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) B radiation.Theaflavin and catechins modulate immune system function..

Osteoporosis
Studies suggest that tea may positively influence bone mineral density (BMD) and that tea drinking may protect against osteoporosis in older women.

Gastric ulcer
Tea does not cause acidity . Studies have revealed it reduces the incidence of ulcer, in experimental animals.

Anti HIV agent
Theaflavins in tea are potent anti-HIV-1 compounds. They inhibit HIV-1 entry into target cells.

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Polyphenols in tea inhibit bacterial growth and wards off mouth infections. Tea is a natural source of fluoride, therefore helping to promote healthy tooth enamel. Also, tannins present in black tea inhibit the growth of plaque-causing bacteria apart from inhibiting the action of salivary amylase, thus making their contribution in cavity prevention.

Immune defense
By making tea a common part of your everyday food intake you can build up your immunity. Tea won’t keep you complete safe from getting sick but it can help.

Anti aging
Being a very high source of antioxidants, black tea is said to slow down aging process and age induced diseases.

Sources: Tea Board of India and various other Medical Journals.