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    Black Tea - Camellia Sinensis

    Black Tea

    Generally, black tea is served without milk. It is made from Camellia sinensis, the scientific name for the tea plant. There are several reasons why drinking black tea is healthy. Black contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants that can help lessen the harm done by free radicals. Black tea’s primary antioxidants, catechins, theaflavins, and thearubigins, may improve general health. Additionally, because it is an oxidized tea, it is well known for having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that support wellness by reducing cardiovascular disease risk, enhancing bone density, and lowering levels of harmful cholesterol in the body. Black tea is an oxidized tea, which is its distinguishing feature.

    Synonyms of Black Tea

    •  Iced tea
    •  Cuppa
    •  Herb tea
    •  Herbal tea
    •  Drinkable
    •  Cupper
    •  Cambric tea
    •  Caffeine
    •  Red tea
    •  Camellia sinensis
    •  Kali Chai

    Nutritional Facts of Black Tea

    All Nutrients For Black Tea Per 100g

     

     

    Net carbs:0.3g
    Protein:0g 
    Fats:0g
    Carbs:0.3g
    Calories:1kcal 
    Sugar:0g
    Fiber:0g

    Phytochemical Constituents of Black Tea

    •  COX-2
    •  5-LOX
    •  AP-1
    •  JNK
    •  STAT
    •  AKT
    •  Bcl2
    •  NF-κB
    •  Bcl-xL
    •  caspases
    •  p53
    •  FOXO1

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    Therapeutic Uses of Black Tea

    • Improve Digestive Health

    You can ward off several illnesses and problems with a healthy gut. Drinking black tea might increase the number and type of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. The tea polyphenols may serve as prebiotics and food for the beneficial bacteria in the gut.

     

    • Improve Cardiovascular Function: Atherosclerosis

    Black tea also helps prevent atherosclerosis, which is a significant health advantage. Plaque accumulates in the artery walls due to this disorder. Consuming black tea aid to manage this disorder.

     

    • Weight loss

    One of the main causes of illnesses like diabetes and heart disease is obesity. Drinking black tea regularly can help you lose weight if you also adjust your lifestyle.

     

    • Protects Against Bad Bacteria

    Black tea contains flavonoids and polyphenols that have antimicrobial characteristics. Additionally, drinking black tea may help reduce the risk of helicobacter pylori infection. It is a gastrointestinal ailment caused by bacteria.

    Additionally, it stops unneeded perspiration, a symptom of a bacterial infection. According to experts, using iced black tea bags to burn, itching, and redness can offer profound comfort.

     

    • May Relieve Asthma Symptoms

    The airway or bronchial tubes become inflamed and swollen, which results in asthma. As a result, breathing in and out is challenging. It has been reported that consuming black tea can lessen the symptoms of asthma.

     

    • Keeps Sugar Levels Balanced

    A variety of health problems, including diabetes, kidney problems, cardiovascular problems, obesity, and depression, are linked to unbalanced blood sugar levels. To maintain these levels in balance, your body needs the pancreatic enzyme insulin.

    Black tea increases insulin levels in the body and maintains necessary sugar levels when drunk without any additives, such as sugar, helping to prevent diseases brought on by imbalance.

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    Home Remedies Black Tea

    • Soothe sunburnt skin with a tea bag

    In the summer, sunburn or sun allergy is a prevalent issue. You can quickly and effectively treat small burns using a discarded tea bag. Place a wet tea bag over the sunburned region. Black tea bags work best for this cure because they include theobromine, tannic acid, and catechins, which prevent sun damage and encourage rapid recovery.

     

    • Fight allergies

    You can find relief in your favorite cup whether you are susceptible to the spring allergy triggers or have a flare-up of your fall allergies. Inflammation-fighting plant compounds called flavonoids are abundant in black tea. You’ll gain by reducing your allergy symptoms if you drink a few glasses each day.

     

    • Treat bug bites and skin rashes

    Tea bags kept at a cool temperature can be used to bug bites and rashes to reduce swelling and tingling. These would lessen the irritation and swelling.

     

    • Treat Dark Circles

    Women vouch for one of the advantages of using green tea bags: a reduction in under-eye dark circles. Tea bags can either be cooled in the refrigerator before using or applied to the eyes while still warm. Not only will they lessen the puffiness, but the consistent application can also easily treat dark circles.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Black Tea

    In Ayurveda, black tea is not always considered a healthy drink – while it’s good for Kaphas, it’s too aggravating for Vatas. But as a home remedy, there are many fantastic benefits of black tea in Ayurveda. With its capacity for healing effects, black tea can be quite the health booster. Since it alleviates Kapha dosha, sipping black tea every day can reduce weight. It promotes and rushes up metabolism, thus allowing your body to burn fat at an adequate speed.

     

    Daily Dose: For the majority of people, moderate black tea consumption (approximately 2-4 cups per day) is probably safe. It may not be safe to consume more than 4 cups of black tea per day.

    Side Effects of Black Tea

    • Insomnia

    Black tea includes a significant quantity of caffeine, which may cause sleep disturbances if consumed frequently. For the same reason, it is suggested that you avoid drinking black tea right before bed. You should consult a health expert before consuming black tea if you experience nervousness or trouble falling asleep.

     

    •  Damages Enamel

    It can harm the outer layer of teeth, and enamel when consumed in excess. The enamel covering the teeth acts as a barrier. As soon as this layer is removed, the teeth become more sensitive and weaker.

     

    • Frequent Urination

    Black tea contains caffeine, which has a diuretic effect on the kidneys. Because of this, consuming too much of it might increase the amount of potassium and salt in the urine, which can lead to frequent urination.

     

    • Health Risks For Pregnant Women

    Pregnant women are recommended to limit their daily intake of black tea to two cups. Due to the high caffeine level of black tea, overdrinking may result in miscarriage and other problems.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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