From boardroom brainstorming to a homemaker’s midday break to professionals doing a night shift; Chai- as known in India connects people with a single thread.
A perfectly brewed tea be in any form can refresh and wake up your senses but if its Black tea you can enjoy its many health benefits as well.
Have a look:
1. Lowers the risk of ovarian cancer
Black tea is loaded with the goodness of antioxidants which help prevent the formation of cancer cells in the body. However, a lot more research is required to say that black tea can prevent the other types of cancer like breast, stomach, or colorectal.
2. Takes care of your heart and blood pressure
So now you have another reason to ditch that cup of hot brewed coffee and embrace a cup of black tea as studies have said regular consumption of black tea can lower the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases. It is also said to lower blood pressure levels.
3. Reduces the bad cholesterol or LDL
According to a study regular consumption of black tea reduces the level of bad cholesterol by 7.5%, thereby limiting the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
4. Keeps your sugar level in check
Do you know that as many as 50 million people in India are suffering from diabetes? This serious metabolic disorder must be treated or even better if prevented at an early stage. To help you out just have 2 cups of black tea daily to stop type 2 diabetes from developing.
5. Keeps you away from kidney stones
It is said that women who consume one cup of black tea daily seem to have a lower risk of developing kidney stones compared to those who don’t.
6. Will help you fight those bugs
If you are tired of falling sick frequently then black tea is to your rescue. Since black tea is rich in antioxidants it helps your body restore normal functions and helps you fight against viruses like influenza, cold and flu.
According to Dr. Shalini Singhal, Chief Dietitian & Nutritionist at Dr. Shalini’s Diet & Wellness Clinic, New Delhi, “black tea acts as a bronchodilator and relieves one from the sudden symptoms of asthma. It is also good for all those who have sinus or allergic symptoms of cold and cough”.
7. Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease
Drinking one cup of black tea daily for a month regularly can prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. This holds true especially for men and not women.
8. Good for your digestive system
A healthy digestive system means a healthy you. Black tea has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe and cures digestive disorders.
“It also has weight loss benefits. Black tea hydrates you, provides antioxidants and fills you up without adding any calories to your diet. Working people who cannot manage low-fat milk and a sugarless tea at the workplace, can have black tea instead during the day,” says Dr. Shalini Singhal.
9. Gives you stronger and healthier bones
Some early studies suggest that women who drink black tea regularly have stronger bones and lower probability of osteoporosis and arthritis.
10. Relieves you from stress
In this busy hectic life, it is imperative to let go your stress and spend a relaxed day be at work or home. In such a case what can be better than a cup of tea? And if its black tea you can reap its benefits of reducing the stress hormones in your body and relaxing your nerves.
“When you prepare black tea, do not brew the tea for more than 2-3 minutes. This is because black tea contains a very low amount of lead, aluminium and manganese and if you brew the tea for a longer time, chances are there that the concentration of metals might increase which might be harmful to your body,” says Dr. Deepti Tiwari, Clinical Nutritionist, CK Birla Hospital, Gurgaon.
To enjoy a refreshing cup of black tea just add boiling water over 1 tsp of black tea leaves or tea bag in a cup. Sip and enjoy.
Note: Anything in excess is harmful to your body. So keep your intake of black tea to a limit. According to Dr. Deepti Tiwari, 3-4 cups/day is fine as excess consumption may cause acidity and diarrhea. To get effective health results, better drink black tea without adding sugar.
Stay healthy stay happy!