Black Tea Benefits: From Strengthening Immunity To Improving Gut Health, How Drinking Black Tea Will Help You

Black tea: Do you think that black tea will make you acidic? Well, it may, but only if you are consuming it on an empty stomach or are already acidic. Read here to know the many benefits of black tea.

Black Tea Benefits: From Strengthening Immunity To Improving Gut Health, How Drinking Black Tea Will Help You

Components in black tea can promote growth of healthy gut bacteria

Highlights

  • Black tea can help in regulating blood sugar levels
  • It is good for your heart health
  • Antioxidants in black tea can reduce damage caused by free radicals

Black tea can be good for you for many reasons. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants present in black that can help in reducing damage caused by free radicals. Catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins, are the main sources of antioxidants in black tea and may promote overall health. This soothing beverage is quick and easy to make. All you need to do is take some black tea leaves and add it boiling water. You can have it as is, or, you can add a tsp of sugar/honey/maple syrup/jaggery etc to sweeten it a bit.

Health benefits of black tea: The many ways how this humble beverage will benefit you

In a recent live session of Facebook and Instagram, lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho talks about black tea and how it can help in boosting your immunity.

Important tip: Note that black tea can cause acidity in two conditions: 1) If you are already acidic or get acidity regularly 2) If you consume tea (and even coffee) on an empty stomach.

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1. Black tea contains tannins and alkylamine

Tannins are responsible for imparting the lovely taste to black tea. What's more... tannins can help you fight viruses like influenza, dysentery and hepatitis, informs Coutinho. Black tea also contains alkylamine, which has a direct connection with boosting your immune system.

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Drinking black tea can be beneficial for boosting your immunity
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2. Good for patients prone to strokes

If you are at risk of stroke or have experienced stroke previously, then you can benefit by drinking black tea.

3. Good for heart patients

Flavonoids in black tea makes the beverage great for heart patients. It can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body and even blood pressure. "Studies done in a controlled group have shown that consuming three cups of black tea in a gap of four hours in a day, can reduce your systolic and diastolic blood pressure," says Coutinho in the video.

Also read: This Simple Blood Test Can Help In Identifying Heart Disease Risk

4. Can manage blood sugar levels

Drinking black tea around 45 minutes after a meal can lower your blood sugar levels. However, it is only going to function in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise.

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Drinking black tea can help in blood sugar regulation as well
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5. Caffeine in black tea can improve focus

Caffeine in black tea is lesser than caffeine in coffee. Drinking a cup of black tea can improve your focus . for your morning doings. Just ensure that you don't drink it on an empty stomach.

6. Black tea can improve gut health

Components in black tea can promote growth of healthy gut bacteria. This can improve gut health, and a healthy is an important prerequisite for overall health and digestion.

Also read: 5 Tips To Improve Gut Health And Absorption Of Nutrients From Food

(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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