What is black tea?
Black tea is made with Camellia saneness leaves, the same leaves as green tea. These leaves undergo a four-stage process: wilting, curling, oxidation, and drying, in which the cells of the leaves break and experience a 100% oxidation process, turning blackish or brown, with an intense flavor and pungent smell.
In this oxidation process, antioxidant compounds (polyphones) are lost. However, it gives rise to theaflavins and tearrubigens, substances that also contain powerful antioxidant properties, which help us protect ourselves from cancer, infections, and other chronic diseases. Black tea has a stimulating, astringent, cardio protective, diuretic, and anti-aging action.
Types of Black tea:
Yunnan tea and Keelung: they are the best known black teas in USA, they are usually mild and not very astringent. They have hints of smoke, cocoa, wood, dried apricots, and tobacco.
Darjeeling tea: it is one of the most popular black teas in India, there is also Assam; they usually have floral and fruit touches, such as prunes and tobacco.
Ceylon tea: cultivated in Sri Lanka, this plant grows in a privileged area of temperate and humid climate; it has touches of citrus, raisins, and wood.
English breakfast: it is a mixture of black teas that are taken with milk during breakfast.
Earl Gray: it is a mixture of black teas with bergamot essence or flowers; it turns out to be very pleasant and aromatic.
Multiple Properties and Benefits of Black Tea:
Black tea contains polyphones, tannins, thane, anthocyanins, B vitamins, K, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, or zinc.
Black tea has a higher amount of thane than green tea. Therefore its effects are more potent in our body, but it does not over stimulate the heart.
It reduces the chances of suffering from Cancer; this is due in no small amount of Flavonoids, substances with powerful antioxidant effects, which defend the body from free radicals.
Delays the aging process, since thanks to its components, it protects cells from oxidation.
It promotes weight loss by changing the bacteria within the intestine.
It also prevents fluid retention in the body thanks to its diuretic properties.
It is recommended to drink 2 cups of black tea a day combined with a good diet and regular physical exercise to enhance the effects and succeed with weight loss.
It helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and increases good cholesterol (HDL) levels.
It contributes to the reduction of blood glucose and the prevention of diabetes.
Improves endothelial function and blood pressure. So the chances of a heart attack and the risk of hardening of the arteries decrease.
Improves blood circulation because flavonoids enhance the dilation and contraction capacity of blood vessels, making it flow better to our brain.
Reduces the risk of stroke.
Protects the immune system by stimulating it and helping it fight infections and multiple diseases.
Combat stomach ailments, such as acute gastritis and diarrhea, due to the number of tannins present in black tea.
It stimulates hair growth when taken in moderation since the caffeine present in black tea decreases the DHT hormone, responsible for hair loss.
It has a stimulating effect on the central nervous system. Due to its high levels of theine, this makes it very useful to counteract drowsiness in the early hours of the day and enhance intellectual activity.
It favors alert states because black tea contains between 2 to 4% more caffeine and theine than other teas.
Lower risk of Osteoporosis; hip fracture in men and women 50 years of age or older, because it promotes bone mineral density, especially in women over 65 who regularly drink black tea.
Prevents the appearance of cavities because it is a rich source of fluoride and strengthens the teeth’ enamel.
Streamlines the learning process and the way information is processed.
Reduces stress levels, thanks to the substance L-thiamine that reduces the stress hormone Cortical and promotes relaxation and concentration.
Decreases the appearance of kidney stones.
It helps to prevent Parkinson’s thanks to the effects of its main component, the things; it also enhances long and short term memory.
How to prepare black tea, to make the most of its properties:
The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of Alkaline Water are well known, making it ideal when preparing your black tea. It has a synergistic or enhancing effect on the properties of the tea.
Normal or tap water, in general, is loaded with pollutants and heavy metals that can harm our health and cancel out the powerful benefits of black tea; therefore, I recommend the use of Alkaline Water for its preparation.
A little alkaline water be heate, approximately to 80 -90 degrees, but without letting it boil, add a teaspoon of tea for each cup or a bag already prepare, cover it and let it rest for 3 to 4 minutes, to take advantage of the maximum all its properties and prevent it from losing its aroma. Then you can remove the black tea leaves and sweeten it with a natural sweetener if you wish.
It is not recommende to take it late at night, to avoid insomnia. Similarly, it is not recommend to consume it during pregnancy or lactation, since no studies have been conducted in these people.
Black tea be take in moderation, as an intake of more than 3 cups a day could cause unexpected side effects, such as headaches, sleep disturbances, a degree of confusion, and even ringing in the ears.
The idea is to obtain the maximum benefits that black tea can bring you, through proper preparation; without making abuse of him.