Besides water, black tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It only takes a few minutes to prepare. The drink has a distinct taste and contains more caffeine than other teas. Here are some of its benefits and harms.
Health benefits of black tea
- Black tea contains a group of polyphenols that have antioxidant properties. Consuming antioxidants helps reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve overall health.
- Black tea contains flavonoids that are beneficial for heart health. Studies have shown that regularly drinking black tea helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Black tea lowers the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, thus protecting against cardiovascular disease.
- Consuming black tea regularly can improve gut health and boost immunity. This is due to the polyphenols and antimicrobial properties of the drink.
- High blood pressure can cause several health complications. Regular consumption of black tea can help lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, but research results are mixed.
- Insulin is a hormone that is released when sugar is consumed. Black tea is a great unsweetened drink that can help lower blood sugar levels.
- Studies have shown that black tea can help reduce the risk of stroke.
- Black tea contains polyphenols that help fight cancer cells in the body. While drinking black tea will not cure cancer, it can help reduce the development of cancer cells.
- Black tea helps improve concentration thanks to its caffeine and amino acid L-theanine.
The harm of black tea to health
It is safe to drink three to four cups of the drink a day. Contraindications to the use of black tea are.
- Tachycardia, high blood pressure.
- Eye diseases associated with pressure, such as glaucoma. The fact is that black tea can increase intraocular pressure.
- Taking pills, especially those containing caffeine.
- Black tea, drunk on an empty stomach, can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract and provoke cramps and colic.
Also, remember that strong brewed black tea can darken your tooth enamel. This drink harms the natural whiteness of the teeth more than black coffee and even smoking. During pregnancy and lactation, reduce your black tea intake to two cups a day and do not brew it too strong.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Today Lifestyle