Let’s admit it. India runs on tea. Most of us need our morning tea to wake up, feel fresh and for several unavoidable rituals that are a crucial part of our day. For others, it might not be a necessity, but just a tasteful cup of bliss first thing in the morning. You can like your tea in any form, with milk, herbal or green, but nothing matches the flavor and taste of a perfect cup of black tea.

The reason behind the pleasures that we draw from black tea is hidden in its plantation and processing. Black tea is made from a shrub called Camellia Sinesis, and carefully curated different processing methods. In addition to the leaves being withered, rolled and heated, black tea leaves are fermented before the final heating process.

Studies show that black tea particularly has a host of benefits that would help you lead life in a healthier way. Below are 5 health benefits of having a cup or two of black tea on a regular basis, though it should be noted that it is recommended that black tea should be consumed without any additives like milk or sugar to truly harness its benefits.

1. Make you orally healthy: Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association suggests that black tea reduces plaque formation as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and surpass cavity-causing bacteria as well as hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.

2. Make your heart healthy: As identified by Arab L. et al. in their 2009 research paper called “Green and black tea consumption and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis”, it is seen that regardless of people’s country of origin, individuals who consume 3 or more cups of tea had a 21% lower risk of a stroke than people who consume less than 1 cup of green or black tea per day.

3. Antioxidants Alert: Black tea contains polyphenols, which are also antioxidants that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different from those obtained from fruits and vegetables and therefore as a regular part of our diet they can provide additional benefits towards a healthy lifestyle.

4.Prevents Cancer: Though a lot more research is required to confidently suggest cancer prevention techniques, some research over the years suggests that antioxidants like polyphenol and catechins in tea may help prevent some types of cancer. It has been suggested that women who drink black tea regularly have a lower chance of ovarian cancer than their counterparts.

5. Lowers the risk of diabetes: Based on a research study conducted of elderly people living in the Mediterranean islands it was discovered that people that had been consuming black tea on a long-term basis on a moderate level (i.e. 1-2 cups a day) had a 70% lower chance of having or developing type 2 diabetes.
Apart of having countless benefits, a perfect cup of tea relaxes your senses, prepares you for the upcoming challenges of the day and most importantly makes you happy. So tea lovers, spread this message to all ‘tea-totallers’, next time they criticize your choice of the delightful drink.