Ahhh! A warm cup of tea on a cold winter day may be just what you need to stay toasty during the month of February. Beyond warmth, tea can have many health benefits, including many for your heart health. February is Heart Health Month so we’re soaking up the heart-a-licious benefits of one of our favorite types of teas: Black Tea!
Similar to other popular health teas like green tea and oolong tea, black tea is a bi-product of the Camellia sinensis plant. But unlike its cousin teas, black tea goes through a special fermentation process that makes it darker and more potent. This richly flavored tea is exploding with nutrients and energy. Because oxidized black tea excels at holding in natural flavor, added sugar and creamer can be unnecessary, and help to eliminate lots of added fat and calories.
Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is the number one cause of death of men and women in the U.S. But good news came a couple of years ago when a study published in Preventative Medicine indicated that black tea can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. Here’s what the study found:
By drinking three cups of black tea for a 12 week period, both men and women saw an approximate significant reduction in blood sugar levels and triglycerids. The black tea regimen also increased levels of good HDL cholesterol. Additionally, it increased antioxidants in the blood, which protect blood vessels and tissues from inflammation, all of which are important for good heart health.
Antioxidants can have many phenomenal benefits. Black tea in particular contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that improves endothelial function and reduces risk of heart disease. Antioxidants are also excellent defenders against the free radicals that enter our bodies through dietary and lifestyle choices, improving every aspect of our health.
In addition, black tea may lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in those showing increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association has associated some higher risk of heart diseases with higher CRP levels.
Lastly, because all-natural black tea requires no additional flavoring, it can be part of a low-fat, low-calorie diet. And the superior nutrients and energy-boost provided by this phenomenal tea helps speed the metabolism and keeps your body burning through fat and calories, even while at rest. Exercising regularly, weight management and maintaining a healthy body mass index are important components of heart health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Zokiva is your black tea heart health destination! We offer delicious black teas in a variety of flavors, including Raspberry Rush, Pumpkin Spice and Earl Gray. We hope you’ll join us as we “drink-up” for heart health this February!