Black tea has very long tradition and also very long list of medicinal properties. Thanks to its qualities, black tea is the most popular and best-selling tea in the Western world.
Black tea comes from the same plant as green tea, called Camellia sinensis. Black tea is an extremely well-known and is most consumed drink among teas. Although green tea is known for its extreme healing properties, black tea is sold 70% more than green tea. The main difference between the properties (healing, taste, appearance, color etc.) between green and black tea is a method of producing them. For green tea most important is to prevent fermentation while for black tea is opposite, to achieve fermentation.
Studies are constantly conducting on the topic of healing properties of black tea, and based on the results list is long. In first place, black tea emphasizes a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. Regular consumption of black tea prevents clogging of the arteries that leads to heart attack and stroke.
In addition to this effect on the arteries, black tea acts directly on the heart, brain and breathing function. Black tea also invigorates, reduces the feeling of fatigue and drowsiness. Also it has positive effect on the muscles and reflexes and much more.
Black tea also decreases and considerably slows down development of cancer, it reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, ovary, breast, it helps against stomach diseases, it’s good for people with type 2 diabetes etc. etc.
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Among all this healthy benefits from black tea, black tea is very good against stress also.
Experts from the University College in London advise to drink black tea when you are under stress, because this beverage reduces the level of stress hormone called cortisol.
Since the effect of black tea exerts after half an hour of drinking, the researchers emphasize that black tea does not prevent stress in a moment of stressful situation, but it helps to recover much faster. During the research conducted in London, subjects did not consume any other other types of tea or coffee.
Note: Keep in mind that black tea has 2-4% caffeine and excessive black tea intake can have harmful consequences for the organism. In medicinal purposes recommended daily dose of black tea is 3-4 cups. The maximum daily dose of black tea for adults is 8 cups and everything over that limit can cause poisoning.