Black tea accounts for 75% of the world's tea consumption and is the most well-known and commercial type of tea in the world. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush which oxidize and turn from green to dark brown-black. Oxidation occurs when the leaves are exposed to liquid and oxygen-rich hot air.
It has more caffeine than green tea so it is used as a coffee substitute.
- It is rich in antioxidants which protect against possible damage to our cells, thus acting against the manifestation of chronic diseases.
- It has anti-cancer action.
- It contains caffeine and theophylline with the result that black tea keeps our body awake.
- It is rich in flavonoids which reduce the risk of heart disease and regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- It contributes to the health of our gastrointestinal system as the polyphenols in black tea enhance the number of beneficial bacteria in our gut.
- Research speaks of the positive effect of black tea on weight loss.
How to use: Put 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water for 3-4 minutes. We can drink up to 2 times a day.