Black tea in the West has been getting a lot of bad PR. However, the Mongolians traditionally have been drinking tea bricks made from black tea stems and the cheaper portion of the plant, compressed into a solid block of tea for easy transportation over long distance. Tea brick has been used as a good digestive aid to help these nomads digest their heavy fat diet. Even today, if you look at the Mongolian nomads they are still one of the healthiest people with rosy cheeks and high stamina.
One of the big differences between tea and coffee really resides in how the farmer grows these two different crops. Coffee particularly is grown with 2000 to 3000 pounds of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers per acre. That is an awful lot of chemicals! In addition most commercially grown coffee is harvested green, before any nutrient enters into the coffee been. The wonderful flavor comes actually from a few locations on the planet where they individually pick each coffee bean and believe it or not one teaspoon of this coffee will make eight cups of coffee, I have had this type of coffee from the Hinan Island in China almost all of the coffee is exclusively sold to Germany.
Tea on the other hand uses the young leaves and since there are no berries involved if the soil is properly prepped only minimal amounts of fertilizer is needed and to grow organic is extremely easy to do.
This is why I always prefer tea to coffee.
The Benefits of Black Tea By Dwisuka February 10, 2012
Black tea is made from the same plant as green tea, oolong tea, and white tea, from leaves of tea (Cameliia sinensis). The difference is only on processing. The black tea is oxidized fully. That’s why black tea is often mentioned as oxidized tea or fermentation.
Black tea contains caffeine, fluoride, flavonoids, teofilin, antioxidant and others. Like green tea, drinking black tea has so many advantages for health.
The benefits of black tea:
– Can reduce the risk of heart attack. According to Dr. Joseph Vita from Boston’s School of Medicine, drinking black tea can help reverse an abnormal functioning of the blood vessels that can contribute to stroke or heart attack. Furthermore, improvement in the functioning of the blood vessels was visible within two hours of drinking just one cup of black tea. Heart attack is reduced 40% for people getting used to drink black tea. Whereas according to research of 3000 adults in Saudi Arabia found that regular consumption of the black tea can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
– Can reduce blood pressure
– Can reduce cholesterol
– Can reduce the risk of stroke. According to research in Netherlands National Institute of Public Health, drinking 1-2 cups of black tea per day will pressure accumulation of cholesterol 46%; 4 cups/day will pressure 68%; drink 4-7 cups/day regularly will reduce the risk of stroke. The flavonoids in black tea helped reduce the production of LDL – the “bad” cholesterol that can lead to stroke and heart attack.
– Helps to stop overload of iron in the body. Researchers in Germany found that a daily cup of black tea can help stop excess iron damaging the bodies of people who suffer from hemochromatosis due to its high content of flavonoids, which limit iron absorption.
– As anti diabetes. Scientists in Scotland have unexpectedly discovered that black tea may help to combat 2 types of diabetes. They found that the compounds of theaflavins and thearubigins behaved like insulin.
– Can sharpen memory. A team from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne found that green and black tea inhibits the activity of certain enzymes in the brain, which are associated with memory.
– Can relive stress. A study at a university in London shows that black tea has an effect on stress hormone levels in the body.
– Can prevent bad breath (halitosis); prevent tooth decay and stronger bones.
– Prevents diarrhea, pneumonia, and skin infections.
– Good fro blood circulation because it has low caffeine
– Can strengthen the bodies immune system
– Can repair digestive problem
– Can help to delay the aging process.
Note: In order take advantage of the health benefits of black tea, it is recommended to not take your tea with milk or sugar. Although tasty, the mixing will reduce the amazing benefits of this tea. [I don’t agree with the taking out of the milk providing it is raw milk and unpasteurized.]