Health is beyond doubt the most precious thing anyone can have, yet it is so much ignored by many. The modern contemporary sedentary lifestyles that many have chosen to lead these days have come back to haunt the population in the form of very fatal medical complications. For this reason, doctors and other players in the health sector have been burning midnight oil trying to cook up healthy living strategies, especially preventive strategies. One of the most encouraged among these is the uptake of the various varieties of tea, from black to green, white and oolong varieties.
What Is It?
The surprising thing about the ignorance surrounding this highly rated beverage is that many people around the world take it, yet know very little about its health implications. This is probably due to the fact that it is known by very many common names depending on locality. Black tea is simply a product made from the Cammelia sinesis plant. The plant, which natively grew in China, has spread to almost every corner of the globe. This beverage has the strongest flavor compared to its counterparts. This can be attributed to the fact that it is usually more oxidized than the others. It has for a long time been taken as a stimulant, but only recently, it started being used for medical reasons as well.
This product has become popular across the globe due to its flexibility. Aside from the fact that it can be drunk at almost any time of day, it can be mixed with a number of other plant substances to create other beverages. Here are some of the common blends you can find:
- English breakfast: This robust and rich blend is designed to go along with milk and sugar.
- English afternoon: This half-boiled blend is usually very refreshing. Very strong Assam and Kenyan tea are blended with Ceylon to add a rather light and brisk quality to the black tea.
- Earl Grey: In this beverage, it is blended with bergamont oil.
- Masala chai: This combines the product with milk, spices and a sweetener like honey or sugar. This is traditionally an Indian blend though it has been adapted in many Western countries.
The drink can also be flavored with citrus fruits like oranges and lemons or at times spices like cinnamon. All these variations exist to ensure everyone can find a blend that works best for their tastes.
Recent medical studies have revealed that black tea emulates most of the health benefits of its green counterpart, as it also is a rich source of antioxidant. This has driven more people into taking this beverage, as expected in times where people are bound to clutch to anything for health's sake. Below are some of the benefits that come with this product:
- It greatly improves mental alertness as it contains about 2-4% caffeine. This can help one concentrate better on their job or studies, no wonder tea breaks are accommodated in many daily schedules.
- It is used in the treatment of headache and low blood pressure.
- It helps in the prevention of heart diseases such as atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and heart attack.
- It also serves to prevent Parkinson's disease.
Other blackinclude reducing the risk of a variety of cancers such as stomach, colon, lung, ovarian and breast cancers. This is because the beverage contains a compound known as theaflavin-3-monogallate (TF-2), an anti-cancer product. The medical effects of the product could however be compromised if it is blended with some substances, particularly milk, as a recent research conducted in Germany revealed.