Conquering the world with its unique flavour, Ceylon Tea has its origins marked at the tropical island of Sri Lanka where its growth is facilitated with the perfect climatic and soil conditions. The most popular of all Ceylon Teas, Ceylon Black tea also comes with numerous health benefits supported by ingredients such as antioxidants, polyphenols, sodium, proteins and carbohydrates.
Oxidation that occurs when producing Black Tea helps to develop important groups of polyphenols, including catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins, that are the main sources of antioxidants in black tea which provides a variety of health benefits.
Polyphenols are antioxidants that are available in black tea. They give direct support in reducing free radicals in the body and reduce cell damage. They also help to reduce the risks of cancer and improve heart health. Antioxidants in Ceylon Black tea can reduce the occurrence of Atherosclerosis and therefore lowering the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases, especially in women.(1)
Theaflavins in Black Tea reduce the level of Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) in the human body reducing the bad cholesterol levels in our blood and assisting weight loss.
Polyphenols, one of the antioxidants found in Black tea can reduce the Glycerin index. The research has found that daily consumption of three cups of black tea helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 42%.
Preliminary research with 19 participants has indicated that drinking black tea can have a positive effect on high blood pressure. The randomised study done in 2015 suggested that black tea may reduce diastolic and systolic blood pressure.(2)
A polyphenol known as Epigallocatechin available in Black Tea acts as an antioxidant stronger than vitamin C and E in relieving the painful symptoms of Arthritis including the swelling and stiffness of joints.
Research has found the Polyphenols in Black Tea to contain antibacterial properties that reduce with the time of tea fermentation. Yet drinking black tea and application on skin has been found to reduce the occurrence of acne and pimples in the skin. In addition, a large amount of caffeine present in the black tea helps to prevent skin infections including pimples.(3)
Rich in nutrients such as Vitamins B2, C, and E, black tea supports the nourishment of the skin along with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and essential polyphenols and tannins. reducing wrinkles and dryness.
Black tea contains two ingredients namely; an amino acid called L-theanine and caffeine which increases the alpha activity in the brain and improves the level of focus, relaxation, and alertness.
The combination of caffeine and L-theanine in black tea leads to a state of calm and awareness, reducing the anxiety and relaxing brain activity.
The antioxidant and the anti-inflammatory compounds found in black tea, reduce the risk of memory loss and inflammation of brain cells largely. Consumption of black tea is also known to reduce the risk of progressive disorders associated with memory loss such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and can be especially beneficial for individuals with the APOE e4 gene, which is known as the main risk factor that roots to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Tannins, an ingredient found in black tea, are found to reduce inflammation, and black tea mixed with honey has long been used as a home remedy for sore throats.
Although caffeine-rich drinks can induce dehydration when consumed during diarrhoea, black tea has been found to relieve the symptoms of nonbacterial mild diarrhoea, when consumed at the onset of symptoms.