If you’re lately obsessing over green tea and its health benefits, here is a new research from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) that’ll prove you wrong!
A recent study by UCLA indicates that black tea is better than the conventional green tea for stimulating weight loss. Consumption of black tea results in changing bacteria that act as microbial metabolites, thus altering the way energy is processed in the liver.
The results further suggest that through a specific mechanism of the gut microbiome, black tea speeds up the weight loss process, without deterioration in health.
Both green and black tea are made from Camellia Sinesis, shrub, only the methods of processing are different. While both the leaves are withered, rolled, and heated, black tea leaves are fermented and oxidized before the final heating stage. This gives it the unique color and flavor.
Here are five impressive benefits of black tea:
- Oral health – The Tea Trade Health Research Association, in a study, found out that black tea restricts bacterial growth and plaque formation that promote tooth decays and cavities. Black tea polyphenols kill cavity-causing bacteria, hindering the growth of bacterial enzymes which form sticky substance that binds plaque to our teeth.
- Cancer prevention – It has been suggested by studies that women who regularly drink black tea have lower chances of ovarian and breast cancer. Black tea raises the level of globulin hormones during menstrual cycle periods. The presence of theaflavins in black tea destroys abnormal cells before they change into cancerous cells.
- Reduces cardiovascular diseases – Plain black tea contains abundant polyphenols, and minimal sodium, proteins and carbohydrates. Boston’s School of Medicine further suggests that it reverses the abnormal functioning of blood vessels, hence reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
- Healthy digestive system – Black tea has alkylamine antigens which boost our immune response. Additionally, presence of tannins enables it to fight viruses, reducing the risk of catching influenza, stomach flu, etc. Tannins have a therapeutic effect on intestinal and gastric illnesses.
- Relieves asthma – Hot and brewed black tea expands the air passage, thereby allowing asthmatic patients to breathe more easily. It has relatively lower caffeine content, enhancing blood flow to the brain without over-stimulating the heart. This helps in stimulating the metabolism and the entire respiratory system.