Black tea is a true classic tea that has been enjoyed around the world for centuries. It is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant used to make oolong tea, green tea, and white tea. Black tea is well known for its bold flavor and enticing aroma.
What’s in Black Tea?
The flavor of black tea comes from the chemical compounds created during oxidation, the process of exposing tea leaves to oxygen. Black tea is usually fully oxidized. The oxidation process also creates the deep reddish-brown color of the brewed tea.
The antioxidant properties of black tea are due to the specific compounds that are created during the oxidation process. Analyses of the chemical composition of black tea reveal the presence of the following compounds:
- Phenolic compounds
- Essential oils
- Amino Acids
These compounds work together to give black tea its unique flavor, aroma and health benefits.
Thanks to its chemical composition, black tea is rich in health benefits:
- Rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease
- Powerful anti-inflammatory properties may help lower risk of stroke
- May help improve digestive health by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria
- May raise “good” cholesterol levels and lower levels of “bad” cholesterol
- Caffeine in black tea has been found to improve mental alertness and concentration
Black tea has been used for centuries to promote health and wellness. As research continues to be done, we are learning more about the potential health benefits of this classic beverage.