Latin Name: Camellia Sinensis
Black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea in the world. It is made from the leaves of a shrub called Camellia sinensis. The leaves of black tea are allowed to oxidize in a humid and warm atmosphere, thus acquiring the bronze or black color from which they get their name.
Health Benefits Of Black Tea
– Black tea is high in caffeine. It also contains an amount of a substance called theophylline. These two substances can speed up your heart rate and make you feel more alert.
– Black tea is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that can help protect your cells from DNA damage as well as prevent certain types of cancer.
– Regular consumption of black tea can also reduce the risk of the following diseases: Diabetes, High cholesterol, Kidney stones, Parkinson’s disease.
– When consumed in moderation, it could also help against heart disease.
To make an infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour.
High consumption has been linked to serious side effects such as Fast breathing, Headache, Increased urination, Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), Nausea, Nervousness and anxiety, Ringing / buzzing in the ears, Trembling.
Also consuming black tea at the same time as other caffeinated foods can cause some serious effects such as tremors, high blood pressure, changes in heart rate, seizures, and fainting spells.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using matale especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.