A great day begins with a fine cup a tea, so why not kick off the festive season with a beverage that is often called the ‘champagne of teas.’ This beautifully flavoured tea, that is sourced from the gentle heartland of Darjeeling has a unique aroma and taste, and is the pride of our country. Available as black, green, oolong and white teas, Darjeeling tea is famous for its fruity flavour and distinctive taste which comes from the growing conditions exclusive to this region.

This mild and subtle tea, with its spicy aftertaste is a great favourite among connoisseurs of tea, and people also love it also for its musky sweetness. But what makes this tea stand taller than any other beverage in the world? Read on to understand the tea better in this compilation of reasons as to why this tea should be on top of your must-have list this season…

It keeps you strong and healthy

Since Darjeeling tea contains several important anti-oxidants, you get more than just a delicious beverage when you drink this tea. It helps the body fight off free radicals and helps reduce oxidative stress, thereby reducing cellular damage. The anti-oxidants in this tea can also prevent cellular mutation which can lead to certain types of cancer. Black, oolong, green and white teas all possess powerful antioxidants which offer protective and curative properties.

It keeps you slim and sensational

Darjeeling tea can help you lose weight, mainly due to its caffeine component. This ingredient can stimulate the metabolism which will increase fat and calorie burn, that eventually leads to weight loss. Darjeeling green is known to block the absorption of fat and even helps you shed those extra pounds. Some years ago, Japanese researchers identified two tea compounds, theaflavins and thearubigins, that led to slow weight gain in rats fed a highfat. More studies on this tea by Chinese researchers revealed another compound in tea, called catechins, that also contributes to increased weight loss

It keeps you calm, but alert

Since Darjeeling tea contains caffeine, which can immediately give you an energy boost, and yet due to certain ingredients, this tea can also reduce the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. This acts like a natural stress reliever. It is also believed that this tea can reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

It improves your gut health

Ever since scientists have discovered that our well being and happiness is primarily linked to our gut, the studies on tea improving gut health has increased by leaps and bounds.

Darjeeling black tea stimulates the proliferation of various good gut bacteria and fights off the bacteria that can cause infections in your stomach. A number of studies have shown that the risk of gastric ulcers is reduced when you drink this tea. It also helps in the process of digestion in the body.

How do you brew this tea?

Pre-heat your teapot and teacup with a little hot water. Pour pure cold water into the teapot and boil the water to 85 degrees centigrade. Steep the teabags for three to five minutes till you are satisfied with the intensity of the colour. Studies show that it is best to consume Darjeeling tea two hours before or after a meal for optimum benefits.

As cold December winds blow through our part of the world, let the beauty and goodness of Darjeeling tea warm your body and your heart. It is the best way to enjoy the season and look towards the new year with renewed energy and a dose of pure happiness.