Introducing Black Teas

Thousands of years back, the Chinese used tea as one of the herbal remedies. By the 3rd Century BC, Chinese had started drinking it for pleasure. They not only began cultivating it but also introduced methods of processing it. Their aim was to be able to preserve the fresh leaves.

The Chinese began to experiment with fermentation of the green leaves in 780 BC. They were after discovering new varieties of teas. That is how they discovered black teas. Black tea rose to fame after it was rediscovered and Indians started cultivating it.

In general, black teas have many health benefits one of them being the high level of antioxidants. Antioxidants are needed by the body because they help prevent the effects of the free radicals. These antioxidants also reduce the chances of developing cancer. In black teas, there exists Flavanoids which helps reduce bad cholesterol levels, reduces chances of suffering from stroke, and gives one a healthy heart.

The caffeine content in black teas is high and helps increase energy levels. This content also leads to weight loss by increasing the metabolism, increases alertness, brain functioning, and in some instances it has been used to increase the performance of athletes. The level of caffeine in black teas is lower than that of coffee. Therefore those with some sensitivity towards caffeine are able to tolerate black tea and therefore, they use black teas as their source of caffeine. Theophylline is another substance in this tea variety. It stimulates the heart, respiratory system and kidney and this increases the health of these systems and organs.

In China, this tea variety has been used to treat Gi issues like diarrhea. This shows that it is a digestive aid. According to some research, tea helps reduce intestinal inflammation. This condition is associated with people suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

According to recent studies, regular consumption of this tea variety lowers the risk of developing Type II Diabetes which affects more than 200 million individuals globally. This number is also increasing each year.

Black teas vary in color that is from the reddish brown to real black. This is attributed to the difference in periods of fermentation. The taste is also much stronger when compared to the other tea varieties. The processing determines the taste to some extent but black tea grown under different climatic conditions and soil also tastes differently.


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