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Types of black tea

While it’s counterpart green tea seems to be getting most of the press attention, black tea is still popular as ever. Black tea is produced and sold in various countries around the globe. It has many health benefits to drinkers.

Most teas, whether they are black, green or white, come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. The way the teas usually differ is that they are processed very differently from each other and have different levels of oxidation.

Compared to the other teas, black tea is far more oxidized then others. Black tea also has a stronger flavour and has more caffeine which is perfect for mornings when most of us could use a caffeine boost.

Many countries produce black tea and it helps their economies. Most of these countries have a long history of producing black tea while for others it is relatively new.

Producers favour black tea over green tea mainly because green tea can lose its flavour within one year. Whereas black tea can keep it flavour for much longer.

As there are many countries producing black tea there are varieties of the tea which all give their own flavours, smells and taste.

China is one of the countries which produces and sells black tea all around the world. In the Mandarin language, black tea is better known as ‘hngch’, which means crimson tea.

China produces the following black teas:

Lapsang Souchong- This tea is dried over burning pine which gives the tea a strong flavour.

Kee-mun- This black tea is from Qimen and is a very famous tea in China. It has fruity and flowery fragrance.

Ying De Hong- This tea has a sweeter taste with a hint of pepper. It is made in the Guangdong Province in China.

Tibetan tea- This is made in Tibet and is also known as brick tea.

Another country that is well known for its production of teas is India. Assam is one of the leading producers in the country. Black tea from Assam is very strong compared to the much more lighter and more floral taste of the black tea from West Bengal.

Other countries who produce black tea are:

Kenya

Vietnam

Nepal

Turkey

Thailand

Each area has it’s own methods, techniques and conditions that give the tea in its region a unique taste. Which will help it gain more popularity in a very tough, competitive market.

The health benefits of tea

Seldom are the foods that you enjoy beneficial to you, it seems. Every other day, there is a review or report issued which notes the harmful consequences of consuming a certain food. Or partaking of a specific beverage.

It should actually come as an immense surprise that tea is beneficial to health, global popularity being considered. Particularly with the health obsession of many Westerners in recent years, the world is currently experiencing the tail-end of a health initiative by the government and commercial products alike. One of these being tea, and for good reason. Here is everything you need to know regarding the health benefits of certain teas.

The world-renown antioxidant properties of tea

With emphasis on green teas, many studies in the past decade have confirmed that the plant does in fact have a negative impact on one’s likeliness to develop cancer, as well as cells that are already forming. What is perhaps the most interesting is that this relates to cancer everywhere within the body, from the lungs and breasts (according to New Scientist Magazine), as well as certain strains as prostate cancer.

While these results are contested by the FDA, many sources state that green tea is the way to go when priming a body for the second half of life. Many companies are now marketing tea-based ointments to fight skin damage due to sun exposure, as well.

The effect of citrus juice on teas

As previously mentioned, tea is often esteemed for its high antioxidant value. That being said, it is actually easier for the body to absorb these free-radical demolishing agents with the assistance of a citrus juice, such as lemon, lime, or orange. According to a study by Purdue University in 2007, this increases the pH (level of acidity) within the small intestine, thus making the antioxidants easier to utilize.

Tea and Halitosis

Teas contain polyphenols, groups of carbolic acid which are soluble in water. In the past few years, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago determined that these polyphenols actually help kill bad breath. Since then, it has not been uncommon to find tea mouthwashes and gargles in many supermarkets and department stores.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Various studies have been conducted on mice and other laboratory animals regarding the effect of green tea on the digestive tract. According to the results, tea seems to stunt bowel contractions which result in the painful side effects of these two disorders.