The Health Benefits Of Black Tea.
By: Patrick Mansfield | U.S. Health Alerts

Dried leaves and stems from the Camellia sinensis plant are used to make black tea as well as holistic remedies. Green tea, made from the same plant but using fresh leaves instead of dried, possesses different medicinal properties.

Although most commonly known as a delicious hot or cold beverage, black tea is also used for treating and preventing a wide range of health conditions such as:

Heart disease such as atherosclerosis
Heart attacks
Low blood pressure
Parkinson's disease
Stomach, lung, breast, ovarian, and colon cancer
Type 2 diabetes
Stomach disorders
Tooth decay
Kidney stones
Weight loss

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates the effectiveness of holistic remedies according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

Following are the ratings of black tea for treating various health conditions according to the scale mentioned above. 

Likely Effective
Alertness-  Consuming black tea, due to its high caffeine content, is proven to boost mental capacity and increase alertness even without sufficient sleep. 

Possibly Effective
Atherosclerosis- Early research points to a reduced risk of hardened arteries (atherosclerosis) in adults, especially women, who drink blank tea on a regular basis. 

Postprandial Hypotension- In older adults who experience decreased blood pressure after eating (also known as postprandial hypotension), consumption of black tea can help increase blood pressure. 

Kidney stones -It is estimated that consumption of black tea lowers the chance of a woman experiencing kidney stones by 8%. 

Heart attacks-  Drinking black tea may lead to a lower risk of a heart attack and may also decrease the overall severity if a heart attack does occur. 

Osteoporosis-  According to preliminary research, older women who regularly consume black tea have stronger bones and a lower risk of experiencing a hip fracture. 

Ovarian cancer- Compared to non-tea drinkers, women who consume black or green tea on a regular basis exhibit a lower risk of ovarian cancer. 

Parkinson's disease- Certain research demonstrated a link between caffeine consumption and a decreased risk of Parkinson's disease in men and adults who smoke cigarettes. 

Possibly Ineffective 

Breast cancer - Black tea appears to exhibit no effect on lowering a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. 

Colon and rectal cancer-
 A few early studies demonstrated a possible link between green or black tea consumption and a decreased risk of colon and rectal cancer but the majority of studies show no correlation between the two. Some studies even showed a possible increased risk of these cancers in adults who consume high amounts of black tea.

Diabetes-  Preliminary studies discovered that taking an extract of black and green tea failed to improve HbA1C levels in adults diagnosed with diabetes. Another study exhibited similar results - Japanese adults who consumed at least one cup of black tea each day did not demonstrate a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. 

Stomach cancer-  Although some preliminary research suggested a link between drinking green or black tea and a reduced risk of stomach cancer, most studies disagree. As with colon and rectal cancer, consuming higher amounts of black tea may actually increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. 

High Cholesterol -
Although certain research demonstrates a positive effect on total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the bad kind, most studies show no effect. 

High Blood Pressure-
 Some preliminary studies have pointed to a possible link between adults who regularly consume black or green tea and a lower risk of high systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading). Despite this early research, the majority of studies find no correlation between tea consumption and reduced risk of high blood pressure.
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