Despite a purported Chinese origin, tea has been embraced worldwide. An example is Great Britain, a tea-loving country where tea and breakfast go together. One among many tea variants is singled out as a favorite of British tea master Giles Hilton. For him, the rich, strong taste of orange pekoe tea makes it best suited for the English taste.

Contrary to popular belief, the orange pekoe is not a type of tea. In truth, it is actually a term used in tea trade to describe or identify the qualities of the black tea. Ironically, not a hint of orange can be tasted. Meanwhile, ‘pekoe’ is a word used by the Chinese to describe the characteristics of the flowers and the leaves.

Nevertheless, tea connoisseurs were not misled into thinking that orange pekoe tea is high-grade. This applauded tea not only satisfies the senses; it also known to contain nutrients good for the body. In this article, we shall discuss the numerous health benefits of orange pekoe tea. 

Orange pekoe
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Decreases Risk for Cancer

Almost all tea variants are known to have certain components that decreases cancer risk. As it happens, this is also one of the health benefits of orange pekoe tea. Studies have been performed showing positive effects of black tea for many types of cancer. Rutgers University conducted a specific test to examine orange pekoe tea’s cancer prevention benefits, and the results have been positive. This health benefit is credited to antioxidants which prevent or stop the growth of cancer.

Controls Blood Sugar Level

Polysaccharides found in the leaves of Camellia sinensis, from which orange pekoe tea is made of, are used to treat people with diabetes. These polysaccharides slow down the absorption of glucose, thus controlling blood sugar levels. Incidentally, black tea has the highest amount of polysaccharides. Drinking tea is prescribed after each meal for maximum effect.

Artery Care

Heart attacks and strokes, leading causes of instantaneous deaths in the world, are caused by clogged arteries. However, clogged arteries are difficult to diagnose; most patients only find out about their condition after an attack. Drinking orange pekoe tea or black tea is regarded as a preventive measure and may possibly reverse the effects of clogged arteries. In a study conducted by the American Heart Association in 2009, it was concluded that drinking three cups of orange pekoe tea or other black teas daily decreases the risk of ischemic stroke. Research conducted in the Boston University School of Medicine states that improved blood vessel function was observed after a month of drinking the same tea. Although these results are promising, orange pekoe tea should only complement prescribed medicine, not replace it.


Products that slow down the aging process are in rage. Black tea, known for its anti-aging properties, is one of the products that experienced a rise in demand with this new market need. Preliminary studies suggest the black tea is capable of preserving normal brain function and protecting it from degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The leaves used in black as well as green tea contain catechins, a component with protective effect on the nervous system. It also has antioxidants which prevents free radicals of damaging body tissues. With catechins and antioxidants, the orange pekoe tea has characteristics that combat premature aging.

Decreases Risk of Dental Cavities

Last but not the least in our list of the health benefits of orange pekoe tea is its ability to promote oral health. Flouride is a mineral present in toothpastes responsible in preventing tooth decay. With low levels of fluoride, orange pekoe tea is recommended to avoid minor dental problems, such as cavities. It helps a person have fresher breath, too.