Black Tea & Health Benefits

Black tea is a more oxidized variety of tea than the oolong, green, and white varieties. All four varieties come from leaves of the plant Camellia Sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas. Unblended black teas are named after the region in which they are produced with the Sri Lankan teas being distinguished by a strong yet light flavour with overtones of crisp citrus. Unlike green tea, black tea retains its flavour for several years. For this reason, it has long been popular in international trade, and still accounts for over ninety percent of all tea sold in the West.

The relationship between tea and health has been known ever since the first infusions of Camellia Sinensis about 4700 years ago in China. It is believed to contain anti-cancer properties, help prevent stroke and heart attack and also have an anti-diabetes effect. Studies have shown that the frequent consumption of tea helps increases the metabolic rate, boosts mental alertness and the immune system, and lowers stress hormone levels and the chances of cognitive impairment. Research has revealed that tea has anti-venom properties and a beneficial effect on HIV, inflammatory bowel disease, sleep-apnea related brain deficits, and bacterial and fungal infections.