6 Benefits of Black Tea for Health
Windowofworld.com – Tea consumption is certainly no stranger to the people of Indonesia. Drinks that are usually consumed this morning or evening, apparently have a variety of types, including black tea. However, what are the benefits of black tea and how much consumption is recommended?
Black tea comes from the type of Camellia sinensis. If green tea requires tea leaves to be dried immediately and followed by a steam process not long after being picked, then to produce black tea, the tea leaves will be left to brown through a perfect oxidation process so as to produce a distinctive taste and color.
What are the Benefits of Black Tea?
Although not yet fully proven medically, here are the possible benefits of black tea for health, including:
- Increase alertness while increasing the ability of the brain when learning, remembering, and processing information.
- Relieve the condition of low blood pressure after eating.
- Prevents the formation of kidney stones
- Preventing heart disease, including avoiding the process of narrowing of arteries (atherosclerosis) to heart attacks.
- Helps prevent diabetes.
- Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer.
Black tea may have many health benefits because of its polyphenol content as an antioxidant that can help body cells from damage. Together with polyphenols, the content of catechins (catechins) in tea is thought to help prevent cancer. More thorough research is still needed to prove this but it doesn’t hurt you to consume black tea in healthy amounts.
In general, black tea is safe for consumption. The dose of black tea consumption is related to the caffeine content in it. One cup contains about 230 ml of tea containing about 14-70 mg of caffeine. To get the maximum antioxidant properties, brew black tea for 3-5 minutes. But you need to remember, excessive consumption of black tea risks disturbing health, that is if you consume more than 4-5 cups per day.
Health problems experienced are usually associated with caffeine risk, such as restlessness and insomnia, nervousness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, breathing quickly, increased frequency of urination, irregular heartbeat, ringing in the ears, to tremors.
Black tea can also interfere with the performance of drugs or supplements that are consumed at the same time or close together, because some types of drugs can interact or hold caffeine longer in the body.
In addition, black tea can also cause, increased blood pressure, seizures and fainting if consumed with other types of caffeine or ephedra products.
Consult with your doctor about the habit of drinking black tea or the intake of supplements from black tea, especially if you are taking certain medications.
Black tea is generally enjoyed by brewing with boiling water. However, if the tea leaves are left too long in hot water, then the tea will release tannins which give a bitter taste. If you don’t like the bitter taste, maybe you can drink black tea with lemon juice or milk and honey as a complement.
To take the benefits of black tea, avoid excessive consumption. If you have certain medical conditions or are taking medications, consult your doctor about black tea intake to avoid potentially harmful health risks.