Black Tea Benefits, Caffeine Content and Recipes

Black tea has long been synonymous with milk and sugar throughout the western world. However with the realization of numerous health benefits black tea started being consumed solely as is or very occasionally with lemon or honey. Begin enjoying a healthful cup of tea today by knowing these facts that point out some of the great benefits bestowed upon us from the consumption of this beverage.

What is black tea?

Black tea is a type of tea made from leaves that have been allowed to wilt and fully oxidize: more than yellow, oolong, white and green teas. It is during the oxidation process, where oxygen comes into contact with the enzymes in the tea leaf, that distinguishes black teas from other teas.

During the oxidation process, also known as fermentation, the leaves turn darker as chlorophyll begins to break down and flavors and colors are released. Black teas are characterized by a deep rich color, full-bodied flavor, and contain more caffeine than other types of tea.

Black tea health benefits

Drinking black tea has a wide range of health benefits, often attributed to the amino acid L-theanine and various antioxidants, including flavonoids (largely catechins and vitamin C), which are found in many other fruits and vegetables.

These components act together to promote alertness, boost mood, but also

  • may reduce risk of stroke as flavonoids help reduce the production of LDL ("bad" cholesterol)
  • can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by as much as fifty percent
  • helps prevent diarrhea, pneumonia, cystitis, and skin infections

Theaflavins and thearubigens compounds also provide health benefits originally attributed solely to green tea.

Does black tea contain caffeine?

Black tea generally has a high concentration of caffeine, due to longer infusion time compared to green tea, along with higher steeping temperatures, typically boiling. Since black tea is oxidized, more caffeine is extracted from the leaf versus other teas. An average cup (8 oz) of black tea has 0.001 oz of caffeine but can contain as much as 0.003 oz.

Does black tea help you sleep? 

Black tea has one of the highest caffeine levels of all teas due to its increased oxidation process. For a good night's sleep, we recommend reducing or stopping your intake of black tea at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.

A better alternative would be Matcha, Rooibos, or any other herbal tea. For increased focus, energy and attentiveness, the best time to drink black tea is in the morning.

Is black tea good for an upset stomach?

Black tea benefits are similar to that of green tea, especially for soothing an upset stomach. The polyphenols found in black tea may help maintain a healthy gut and treat diarrhea particularly.

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