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All four varieties of tea (Black, Green tea, Oolong tea, White tea) are made from ‘Camellia sinensis’ plant leaves. Black tea generally has more flavor and caffeine than others. Because black tea retains its flavor for several years, he has been an article of commerce and served as a form of currency in parts of Asia in the 19th century.

The leaves are scattered on shelves and blown with air to remove a third of its moisture and make it flexible. Then they are wrapped around to break their cell walls and release the sugars needed for fermentation. To promote fermentation, are kept in high humidity, which turns dark leaves and develops strong flavor of black tea. Finally, the leaves are dried and sent to all corners of the world.

BENEFITS:

– Cardiovascular Health: The Black tea is rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids that demonstration be beneficial in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol LDL (bad), and prevention of damage to the blood stream and in the artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease. Black tea help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by helping the function of the heart muscle.

– Cancer Prevention: Is rich in polyphenols that help in preventing the formation of potential carcinogens in the body, especially in certain types of cancer, such as ovarian, lung, prostate, colorectal and bladder. Consumption can significantly reduce the risk of oral cancer, particularly those who smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products.

– Skin and hair: Antioxidants in black tea help keep the skin clean and away from terrible acne, and in some cases have demonstrated that works equally as benzoyl peroxide, which is used in various products for skin.

– Bones: Studies have shown that black tea consumption very beneficial for bones and connective tissues.

– Digestive System: The tannins have a therapeutic effect in gastric and intestinal diseases and a great help makes up for the digestive system. These tannins decrease intestinal activity and exerts an antidiarrheal effect.

– Brain and the Nervous System: Unlike coffee which has a high levels of caffeine, values ​​are lower in Black Tea, and promotes blood flow in the brain, without over stimulating the heart. The caffeine sharpens focus and mental concentration.

– Oral Health: Studies have shown that the antioxidant catechins in black tea can help reduce oral cancer. Polyphenols and the tannins found in black tea are like antibiotics, and polyphenols help to keep under control the bacteria that cause bad breath.

– Immune system: Black tea is rich in substances called “tannins”, who have the ability to fight viruses such as influenza, dysentery and hepatitis. Such tannin called “catechins” helps suppress tumors, and also contains antigens that help boost the immune response.

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HOW TO CONSUME:

Can be drink as tea or capsules, moderately.

The black tea tannins can come to cause problems in the absorption of iron that comes from foods. To avoid this problem, everything is solved to consume it at least one hour before or one hour after feeding.
Black tea has theine, a substance that have the same effect of caffeine. That is why is not recommended for hypertensive, people who are sensitive to this substance and pregnant women.

Source: SaudeDica

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