Black Tea Benefits


Black tea is made from the same plant as green tea, Camellia sinensis, but the process is slightly different. To make black tea, its leaves are dried further, changing its color and taste, and is put through full oxidation and fermentation. In terms of antioxidant effects, black tea and green tea are deemed equal, but in some countries aside from the Far East, black tea is now being touted as much more supreme for its health benefits and in particular for cardio health.

Black tea benefits include cardiac health, cancer inhibitor, speeding up metabolism and burning fat, boosting the immune system and fighting viruses, alleviating arthritic symptoms, and as a cholesterol detoxifier.

Black tea has been proven to prevent the clogging of arteries and actually helps improve function of arteries, thus improving blood pressure and preventing heart attacks and strokes. In 2006 a study done in Germany concluded that the addition of milk to the tea negated any arterial and cardio benefits gained from drinking it plain.

Another of the benefits of black tea is the presence of a compound called TF-2 which has been shown to eradicate cancer cells. A study done a Rutgers University showed that normal cells exposed to this compound were left unharmed, but when cancerous cells were exposed, they basically destroyed themselves. Black tea has been associated for some time with lower rates of stomach, colon and breast cancers.

black tea benefitsThe TF-2 compound found in black tea has also been found to be beneficial in reducing inflammation such as that from arthritis.

Germs causing viral infections are eliminated by black tea, including the herpes virus, pneumonia, cystitis, skin infections and germs causing diarrhea and gastro-intestinal illnesses.

In a recent test Joseph Vita, MD from Boston University school of Medicine had heart patient drink either plain water or 4 cups of black tea everyday and in a month impaired blood vessel functioning had improved about 50% among the black tea drinkers.

Other reported health benefits of black tea are: opening airways aiding asthmatics in breathing, preventing tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel (black tea contains fluoride), aiding in delaying the aging process, and decreasing levels of glucose thus aiding diabetics and preventing illnesses brought on by the disease such as cataracts.

It’s important to point out that black tea has the most caffeine content of all 3 major types of herbal teas which are white tea, green tea and of course black tea. In proportion to green tea black tea has around double the amount of caffeine which is why many people recommend a green tea diet over a black tea diet if you’re not too happy about a high caffeine intake on a daily basis. White tea has the lowest and similar benefits so this might be something for you to keep in mind. One thing for sure is that black tea benefits are quite similar to the green tea benefits and are both very useful for your health.


With all the black tea health benefits it is difficult to find a reason to not drink at least a cup or two a day. There’s something for everyone. But, remember to indulge without milk or sugar for the maximum beneficial effects.

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One Response to “Black Tea Benefits”

  • Harold:

    I find both green and black tea about the same. I also add blueberry juice to my tea as this increases antioxidants. I do like your information!!

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