If getting healthy is one of your goals this year (us, too!), you’re probably moving more and eating your greens. In addition to building healthy habits, we’re big proponents of black tea around here. Not only because we make the best black tea blends around (hello, Chocolate Earl Grey), but also because regular sipping can boost your health in some serious ways. Here are five black tea benefits that can help you stay healthy in the new year and beyond.
What Is Black Tea?
Before we jump into black tea benefits, let’s take a step back. What is black tea and how is it different from other teas?
Black tea is made from the same plant as green tea (camellia sinensis), but undergoes an oxidation process that darkens the color of the leaves. Basically, the leaves are exposed to oxygen-rich air, which results in a deeper, richer flavor.
While black tea is great on its own, it also blends well with other flavors and spices. For example:
- Earl Grey tea is a black tea blend with bergamot oil.
- Chai tea is black tea blended with cinnamon, cardamom, and other spices.
- We also use black tea as a base for our Pumpkin Spice drops.
In short, there’s nothing black tea can’t do (except maybe the laundry, but we digress).
Aside from the taste, black tea also provides some unique health benefits that’ll have you reaching for a tea drop before you know it.
5 Black Tea Benefits For Your Healthiest Year Ever
Whether you’re a regular black tea drinker or can’t remember the last time you brewed a cup, you’ll be eager to take a tea break after you get through our list.
1. Gives You More Energy
For those with endless to-do lists and workouts to crush, black tea can be your secret weapon. It contains more caffeine than other teas, but less than coffee (about half as much). That means you get the energy boost without the crash.
In addition to caffeine, black tea also contains small amounts of theophylline, which is a stimulant that can increase your heart rate. They work together to help you feel awake, alert, and able to take on your day.
When you need a boost to hit the gym, prep a meal, or get outside, reach for black tea and consider those goals met.
2. Protects Your Heart
Being healthy is about so much more than how you look and feel—it’s about optimizing how your body works so you live better and longer. One critical part of that? Your heart health.
Unfortunately, heart disease is a heavy hitter. In fact, one in every four deaths in the US is the result of heart disease, according to the CDC. The good news, though, is that you can reduce your risk by moving more and eating healthfully. Oh and one more thing: drinking more tea.
For example, one study found that drinking black tea regularly reduced cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease. Participants who drank three cups of black tea per day over 12 weeks also had higher levels of antioxidants in their blood, which can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. That makes this one of the most powerful black tea benefits in our opinion.
Focus on your health from the inside out this year with a little help from black tea.
3. Helps Your Gut
Gut health is glamorous, we know, but it’s also really important in helping you stay healthy. In fact, a gut full of good bacteria can reduce your risk of certain diseases and cancers.
Black tea (and other teas) contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help good bacteria grow while attacking bad bacteria. One study on mice found that the polyphenols in both green and black tea improved gut health and helped with weight loss.
While there’s still a lot to discover about tea and the gut, adding a few cups of black tea to your day certainly can’t hurt. We recommend our Rose Earl Gray for a sweet way to salute your insides.
4. Ups Your Focus
We don’t know about you, but when we tap into super-focus mode, we work better and smarter. In other words, more focus at the office means less work to take home. And because work-life balance is hugely related to stress, this is key to our long-term health and happiness.
That’s where this benefit of black tea comes in—it can help you find your focus. How? Black tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which combined with caffeine, can keep you in the zone, says research.
One study looked at the effects of black tea on attention and found that those who drank black tea performed more accurately on both a task-switching test and a self-reported alertness questionnaire.
To tap into the accuracy-enhancing black tea benefits, enjoy a cup during the work day.
5. Cuts Your Stroke Risk
Your health is a long-term game, so reducing your risk of the big players—heart disease, stroke, and cancer—is important. Luckily, black tea can help you do just that.
Specifically, black tea has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke, and that’s according to a huge body of research.
One study of nearly 75,000 people over a 10+ year period found that participants who drank four cups of black tea every day had a 32 percent lower chance of having a stroke compared with non-tea drinkers. We’ll take those odds.
Cheers to hitting our goals and feeling good while doing it.
What’s your favorite way to drink black tea—hot, iced, as a blend, or on its own? What benefits of black tea surprised you? Tell us all about it in the comments!
Not into black tea? Our green tea benefit guide has everything you need to know!