Black Tea Introduction Part 3 – Health Benefits of Black Tea

Black tea, as other species of teas, has many health benefits. Fermentation is a significant process for the health benefits of black tea. Thearubigins and many other important factors of its health benefits are produced in fermentation. Thus black tea can protect our bones, promote digestion, as well as help to lose weight.

Black tea, one of the six tea species, is the sort of fully fermented. It is renowned by its red liquid. Basic making procedures of black tea include withering, rolling, fermentation, and drying. Among them, fermentation is the most significant process of making black tea . It defines the quality of the tea. Meanwhile, plenty of healthy substances are produced during fermentation, which are important to the health benefit of black tea. Also fermentation is the reason why people who caring health loves black tea.

This is the part 3 of our Introduction of Black Tea. Here we will talk about the health benefits of black tea.

Health Benefits of Black Tea

black tea leaves

black tea leaves

Talking about tea's health benefits, it is well-known all over the world. Every sort of tea has its own health benefits. They are healthy because of different reasons. Black Tea , the one this article talk about, is beneficial due to its unique making process: fermentation. When speaking of the word fermentation, it specifically refers to black tea's fermentation. Yet other kinds of teas are also fermented in vary degrees during making, such as oolong tea, white tea, dark tea and yellow tea. Fermentation is the key process of making black tea. The chemical change of polyphenols produces the special aroma and color of black tea, as well as its health benefits.

Thearubigins – The Benefits of Fermentation

black tea

black tea

Fermentation is aiming to promote the oxidization of polyphenols, which will produce thearubigin and theaflavin. They are the key factors that form the color and flavor of black tea.

Thearubigin exists in black tea, is a kind of golden pigment produced in fermentation. Beside of adjusting the color of tea liquid, thearubigin has many health benefits. It can combine with cholesterol in stomach and intestines, and reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food. Thus thearubigin is helpful for protecting your heart from hyperlipidemia and heart disease without any side-effect.

Lose Fat and Lower Triglyceride Content In Blood:

Thearubigin in black tea can reduce the absorbing of cholesterol in stomach and intestines; in the meantime it helps to restrain the synthesis of cholesterol. This efficacy is because of thearubigin's ability of weakening FAS (fatty acid synthetase). FAS is the primary enzyme of producing fat. That's also the reason why thearubigin can help reducing the amount of triglyceride in blood.

Protecting Heart:

Black tea contains higher amount of flavone than other kinds of teas. Flavone is able to protect heart and vessels. Being the power source of blood circulation, human's heart will beat at the average rate of 70 times per minute. Presume a man is 70 years old; then in the past 70 years, his heart should have beaten for over 2.6 billion times. Too much fat in blood will bring big pressure to the heart. The fat will stack on vessel wall. As a result, vessels will be blocked, causing cerebral infarction and poor blood flow. However, flavone can ease these uncomfortable feelings. So drinking black tea can protect your heart from cardiovascular disease.

More Benefits of Black Tea for Your Health

Protecting bones: polyphenols in black tea can restrain the active matters which harm bone cells. There are research findings that people who drink black teas regularly have stronger bones. To prevent osteoporosis, you can drink a cup of black tea every day, and keep as a habit for years. If you add lemon into black tea, you will have a better effect of protecting your bones. Black tea can be mixed with other fruit as well.

Protecting stomach and intestines: the enzymatic oxidization happens during fermentation will reduce the amount of polyphenols in black tea. Thus black tea becomes gentler, and will have red liquid and red leaves. Furthermore, as polyphenols may stimulate stomach, which acts stronger in an empty belly, black tea with lower polyphenol amount can help to protect your stomach. Black tea can be mixed with sugar and milk. Regular drinking of it can diminish inflammation in your stomach, and protect stomach lining, even help to cure gastric ulcer.

Different Theory Of Protecting Stomach From Pu-Erh Tea

We have introduced about Pu-erh’s benefits of losing weight in the article Pu-erh Tea Weight Loss. We know that Pu-erh contains plenty of beneficial bacteria, which are produced in the process of Wo Dui. These beneficial bacteria are good for stomach and can help weight loss. Bunches of beneficial bacteria living in intestines will be good to your health. They could restrain the absorbing of cholesterol, reduce the synthesis of it, and protect your blood.

However, black tea works in a total different way. During the fermentation process of making black tea, the polyphenols in tea leaves will be enzymatic oxidized, and then produce therubigin and theaflavin. The TR and TF are beneficial substances, which are very helpful for your health.

A Good Habit of Drinking Tea

black tea leaves

black tea leaves

Take Warm Black Tea in Winter

The benefit of black tea for warming stomach is extraordinary. In cold winter days, it is better to drink warm teas with gentler taste. Take a cup of black tea. It will reduce the discomfort feelings in stomach.

On the other hand, green tea contains abundant polyphenols, which makes the liquid of green tea taste more brisk and refreshing. That's why green tea is better for summer drinking.

Drink proper amount

We suggest you to drink black tea with proper amount. But why shouldn't we drink as much as we can since black tea helps to warm up the stomach?

Tea lovers often encounter the situation of sleeplessness after drinking too much tea, which was called repercussion. It is because tea contains caffeine, causing nervous excitation. Though caffeine is helpful for refreshing your minds, it is better not to drink too much.

Another reason is that too much tea liquid will dilute gastric juice in your stomach, while the gastric juice can protect your stomach wall. Moreover, tea polyphenols is astringent. It may cause discomfort of stomach. Over-intake of tea polyphenols may even cause tea drunk. If you are drunk, allergy may happen, as well as sleeplessness, headache, trembling, or even heart rate disorder.

Dispel The Common Myth – Is Strong Tea A Perfect Hang-Over Cure?

The truth is the theophylline in strong tea will increase your blood pressure by vasoconstriction. Thus the headache may become more serious. But as we know, alcohol does lots of harms to liver, whereas tea polyphenol can protect your liver. Therefore, you'd better drink weak tea instead of strong tea to alleviate a hang-over.

If you enjoyed this article on tea, you might also like to read the following articles:

Green Tea Health Benefits

Flower Teas Have Many Effects to Gain the Benefits of Them

  • Hi, can you tell me a black tea with low caffeine content? I found an article here and looks that black tea have a big amount. I am looking for a low black tea caffeine. Can you help me?

    • TeaVivre

      Thanks for your question.

      Black tea does contain higher caffeine than other tea, since it has been fermented. But the content of caffeine is relatively low than coffee.

      Here I recommend you some kind of black tea on our site, they are all moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee):

      Dianhong black tea series, Dragon Pearl Black Tea series, Tan Yang Gong Fu and Lapsang Souchong( Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) series.

      Besides, here is an article about caffeine in tea which may help you know it better.

      Hope it is helpful for you.

  • I like to use Black Tea Cake when I can get it. By using a mortar & pestle I can grind a small portion of it fine enough to make a good cup of Hong Kong style tea. Not to mention after a good meal it helps my heart too. Friends are also impressed with the Red Liquor color that it produces as it shows off it’s excellent color and taste. Enjoy!

  • Always go with full leaf blacks and not CTC or teabag grade ones It makes a large difference there

    • TeaVivre

      Different people has different preference.
      Enjoy tea, John.

  • Thank you for this great article. Can you recommend any black tea in particular?

    • TeaVivre

      Dear Pete,

      Thank you for your question. I’m glad that you enjoy the article.
      However, different black tea has its own taste and flavor. And everyone has his preference.
      I’d like to recommend you try some different samples and find the one you like best.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

  • Thank you for such comprehensive information
    which must have been the result of lots of research and study . Am definitely turning to Black Tea henceforth.

  • Great Article ! All times i search on google to find right inforamtion but always i have disappointment but you share great information about black tea and i have learn many things from your article.


  • I enjoyed reading about the different teas, how they are made, and the benefits. Thank you for this information.
    One question I have is: does adding milk to black tea change the benefits?

    I drink two cups in the morning and wonder if this is too much and interferes with sleep? Thank you.

    • TeaVivre

      Dear Heidrun Smith, I am very glad that you like these articles and thank you very much for your questions. Adding milk into the black tea will change some benefits. As you know milk contains the fat, protein and other things, it can gain weight. Furthermore, in my opinion, you drink two cups in the morning, so it will not affect your sleep at night.

  • Very informative artikel.
    Keep up the goog work!
    BR, Peter Tassent

  • it was so helpful information. All healthy foods should be consumed in an adequate amount. Over-intake is not healthy at all

    • TeaVivre

      Yes, you’re right. Very glad you like it.

  • LS

    Very informative site.
    I learnt a lot from your site.
    Thank you.

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