"Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth" ~ Alexander Pushkin
Overview of Black Tea
Like oolong, green, and white, black tea leafs also come from the plant called Camellia Sinensis. The leafs of black tea are processed differently from the other tea leafs. They are crushed and fermented while green tea leafs are withered and steamed without the fermentation process. Black tea leafs also the most oxidized and therefore are produce a stronger, more full-bodied flavor. The oxidation process gives the leafs its dark color and also higher caffein levels. It also means that the black tea leafs remain fresh much longer than the green, white or oolong teas.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
Black tea is super rich in flavonoids which is a group of polyphenols that is known for their detoxifying properties. Several studies have shown that diets rich in plant polyphenols protects the body against various cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and are anti-inflammatory in general. It has also been found that people who drink 3-4 cups of black tea a day tend to have lower levels of bad cholesterol as compared to people who do not drink tea at all.
Side Effects of Black Tea
As in all things, moderation is key when it comes to consuming black tea. Because of higher levels of caffein, drinking too much black tea can cause headaches, nervousness, and sleep problems. It is recommended to keep your caffein consumption under 300 mg which equals to approximately 2-3 cups of black tea per day.
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