Give Black Tea a Chance

These days tea is gaining ground over coffee as world’s favourite stimulant. Caffeine addicts would love to disagree but the truth is black tea is packed with a whole lot of benefits that help hold its ground against coffee. It is brimming with antioxidants that keep the body off serious illness like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s and more.

What’s better? Green Tea v/s Black Tea

Black tea and green tea, all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The process separates and qualifies the leaves for different types of teas. While green tea are withered and steamed, black tea undergoes crushing and fermenting process to get the desired product. Until recently, people were obsessed with health benefits derived from green tea. However, new research has proved that black tea is as healthy as green tea since both come from leaves of the same plant. It was once thought oxidization and considerable processing used to make black tea, destroyed important chemicals called polyphenols. The polyphenols make tea a protector of health since these have anti-cancer effects as well as heart benefits. Now, it turns out black tea has similar amount of polyphenols as green tea.

What makes Black Tea special:

– Black tea is rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols, thearubigins, epicatechins, and catechins that neutralize cell destroying free radicals known to be the major reason behind life threatening diseases like cancer.

-Tea drinking countries, whether black or green are shown to have less incidence of certain type of cancers and heart disease. Regular tea drinkers also tend to recover faster from heart attacks.

-Black tea, helps boost metabolism, aid weight loss, prevent skin cancer, fights bad breath, protects bones and fights Parkinson’s disease. It even delays the onset of diabetes.

– It strengthens the immune system, hydrates the body, balances the hormone levels and keeps check on the functioning of the digestive track.

– Similar to green tea, black tea also contains cancer-fighting flavonoids, though in different form. Both teas contribute to a healthy well-being. It is a just a matter of taste. So, stop fussing over green tea and give black tea a chance to prove itself.

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