From a tiny seedling, the Camellia sinensis plant - from which Black Tea is derived from – takes root, influenced by soil and temperature, eventually sprouting in search of sunlight to branch out and welcome rainfall. Green shoots of the plant are harvested when ready but by hand and skilfully. Retaining the leaf’s purity, Dilmah follows a traditional style of manufacture to ensure freshness and goodness in each and every type of tea. When the authenticity of the plant is retained, so are the benefits of black tea.
The benefits of 4-5 cups a day
Scientific research confirms what Asians have believed for centuries, that black tea contains natural antioxidants which can protect tea drinkers from many degenerative diseases and most viral diseases too. We don’t exaggerate when we say, “many”; from heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and even certain types of cancer. Studies have shown that the antioxidant activity of flavonoids in green and black tea reduce the risk of many degenerative diseases and helps maintain good oral health too!
Black tea for weight loss
Apart from the astounding health benefits mentioned above, black tea can also help you maintain weight. Many research studies have shown that regular tea consumption contributes to weight loss and therefore could contribute to prevention of obesity. Substituting a cuppa for a snack is the trick! As tea contains almost zero calories when consumed without milk or sugar, it becomes the ideal beverage to help keep you full without the calories! The many types of black tea make this more exciting as the taste of black tea differs from the region its manufactured in and the many flavours its available in, such as, Dilmah Loose Leaf Black Tea or Dilmah Ceylon Golden Pekoe.
Black Tea & Caffeine
The caffeine found in Black Tea is balanced with L-theanine to help you stay relaxed, the latter is a compound not found in any other beverage. Further an average cup of tea could contain 15 – 60 mg of caffeine while in coffee it could be 60 – 150 mg. We could conclude by saying that Black Tea offers a subtle yet effective caffeine boost. If interested in a stronger caffeine boost than your average cuppa but still less than coffee, Dilmah Premium Extra Strength is your cuppa! Here, finely balanced richness, flavour, strength & aroma come together to make a perfect tea, with more tea per teabag for a stronger brew.
Black Tea & Additives
In case you’re wondering if milk or sugar would reduce its benefits, we have good news! Most of the beneficial properties of tea are due to the presence of high amounts of polyphenolic compounds in tea. When a cup of tea is consumed these polyphenols have to be absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream to impart the beneficial effects. Research carried out to find the absorption of polyphenols in tea with and without milk indicate that the addition of milk does not alter the absorption of polyphenols. Therefore, your cuppa is still a healthy brew even with milk!
Black Tea can be considered a cup of goodness that fortunately for everyone, tastes great too. What’s left now, is to simply start brewing!