It is so simple to prepare black tea. Boil a glass of water. Then add tea dust and sugar. A modicum of elaichi and a bit of ‘mohabbat’ (love) will make it divine. Black tea is not only a tasty drink, but a healthy one too.
Good for heart
Many researches have proved that black tea can reduce the chances of heart attacks. Flavonoids which are also anti-oxidants not only reduce cholesterol, but also enhance the health of the coronary arteries and veins. Polyphenol and manganese contained in tea leaves strengthen the heart muscles.
Polyphenol in tea leaves resists carcinogen, a cancer causing substance. A component of tea called ‘tf-2’ prevents tumors, as per the studies.
Revitalizes nerves and brain
L-Theanine, a kind of amino acid contained in tea leaves, sharpens concentration. Four cups of black tea a day taken for a month without a break will bring down cortisol level, the stress hormone. Studies testify that black tea is not only good for enhancing memory, but also can resist Parkinson’s disease that affects the central nervous system.
Good for bones and teeth
Catechin, a major component of black tea, prevents oral cancer. Tannin, Polyphenol and fluoride fight dental decay and bad breath. Two cups of tea contain 1.5 milligrams of fluoride.
Among Keralites, there is a custom of consuming black tea along with Biriyani. But, many of us are unaware of the scientific reasons behind the practice. Tannin, a component of black tea, helps in digestion. It also protects the digestive system from intestinal diseases and gastric problems. Black tea also relieves diarrhea.
Black tea and cosmetics
Apart from vitamins B-12, C and E, black tea contains magnesium, potassium and zinc which are great for skincare. Black tea prevents wrinkles and pimples on the skin. Applying tea leaves water on the face is a perfect alternative for natural sunscreen lotion. Likewise, used tea bags can get rid of dark circles under your eyes.
For beautiful hair
Anti-oxidants and caffeine contained in black tea protects your hair. They also help in hair growth and resist hair fall.