Black tea improves digestion, helps you lose weight, controls diabetes and increases the chances of women getting pregnant.
The difference between green tea and black tea is in the treatment of the leaves, because both come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, however in green tea the leaves are cooler, and are just passed through the heat, and in black tea they are found if oxidized and fermented, which makes its flavor even more intense and slightly alters its medicinal properties.
The main benefits of black tea are:
1. Prevents premature aging
Black tea is rich in antioxidants that work to benefit all cells, they prevent excessive oxidation, allowing for better cellular oxygenation, and as a consequence the cells remain healthy for longer.
2. Facilitates digestion
Black tea is a great choice when you have a full stomach, because it acts directly on the digestive system facilitating digestion and purifying the body.
3. Decreases appetite and slims
Regular consumption of a cup of black tea decreases appetite and the desire to eat sweets, which helps to combat the metabolic syndrome and to thin the waist. Black tea decreases appetite and speeds up metabolism, but for this it is also important to eat a balanced diet with few fats and sugars and rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and fish. It is also essential to practice physical activity, such as walking for 30 minutes, every day.
4. Helps control diabetes
Black tea has a hypoglycemic action, being a good aid in case of diabetes or pre-diabetes due to the curative effect it has on pancreatic β cells.
5. Increases the chances of getting pregnant
Regularly drinking 2 cups of black tea a day increases the chances of women getting pregnant in each menstrual cycle. Thus, when the couple is preparing for the arrival of a child, it is recommended that the woman consume black tea regularly.
6. Helps cleanse the skin
Applying black tea under the skin is a good way to fight acne and skin oils. Just prepare the tea and when it is still warm apply with a gauze or cotton directly on the area you want to treat. Leave on for a few minutes and then wash your face.
7. Decreases cholesterol
Black tea extract promotes an increase in cholesterol metabolism, probably due to inhibition of bile acid reabsorption, and can be used to prevent metabolic syndrome.
8. Prevents atherosclerosis and infarction
Black tea is rich in flavonoids, known as protectors of the cardiovascular system, preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol, responsible for the formation of atheromatous plaques, which increase the risk of thrombosis.
9. Keeps the brain on alert
Another benefit of black tea is to keep the brain alert because this tea has caffeine and L-Theanine which improve cognitive performance and increase alertness, so it is an excellent option for breakfast or just after lunch. Its effect can be noticed on average, after 30 minutes of its ingestion.
10. Helps prevent cancer
Due to the presence of catechins, black tea also helps to prevent and fight cancer, and it is believed that this may be due to its protective effect on cell DNA, and the induction of apoptosis of tumor cells.
How to make black tea
To enjoy all the benefits of black tea it is important to follow the recipe to the letter.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 black tea bag or 1 teaspoon of black tea
Add the sachet or black tea leaves to the cup of boiling water, cover and let stand for at least 5 minutes. Strain and drink warm, sweetened or not.
Insomnia sufferers can consume black tea, as long as it is infused for about 10 minutes, which makes its flavor even more intense, but does not disturb sleep. Black tea prepared for less than 5 minutes, has the opposite effect and keeps the brain more active and therefore when prepared in this way should not be consumed after 7 pm.
To make the taste of black tea softer, you can add a little warm milk or half a squeezed lemon.
Black tea is not recommended for babies and children under 12 years of age.