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What is Black Tea

Both Black Tea and Green Tea are extremely healthy caffeinated teas from the Camellia Sinesis shrub but they are processed differently to generate unique health benefits.  Black Tea is made when the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant are withered, rolled and heated and then fermented before the final heating process.  Therefore, the color appears dark.  It has a rich flavor with a smooth finish.  Most impressively though, Black Tea gives the body energy, strength, clarity and vivacity for a healthy and vibrant day every day.

Black Tea has a number of phenomenal health benefits stemming from its tremendous saturation of polyphenols, a supercharged antioxidant to supports full body health and wellness.  Antioxidants help reverse the natural aging process in the body by neutralizing free radicals that threaten the wellbeing of cells.  With antioxidants supporting our immune system, the body can naturally defend, protect and repair itself against a range of foreign substances that seep into our bodies through our food, water, air, personal care products and other environmental factors. 

As an incredible source of polyphenols, Black Tea is a wonderful heart-healthy drink.    Several studies indicate a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and other heart-related problems among control groups who drink Black Tea daily.  Part of the reason is that antioxidants and other nutrients in Black Tea support the linings of blood vessels know as the endothelium.  When its process of dilating and constricting is off balance, people develop endothelial dysfunction, which is a large indicator of coronary artery disease and other heart issues.  Additionally, Black Tea helps reduce harmful LDL cholesterol levels that cause plaque blockages in arteries and can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Tannins found in Black Tea can be very soothing to the digestive tract as well.  These and other chemicals help relieve gastric distress by reducing gastrointestinal activity.  Swelling in the digestive tract often leads to digestive disorders but Black Tea can help curb such problems.  Specifically, Black Tea is often prescribed as a solution for diarrhea. 

Teas in general are wonderful to help relieve stress due to their abundance of nutrients and the relaxing act of slowly sipping.  Black Tea also has a leg up on stress reduction because it helps lower the stress hormone cortisol and contains the amino acid L-theanine that calms the body and helps you concentrate.  Black Tea contains 2-4% caffeine, which increases full body energy and mental alertness and supports elevated brain function, even in those with degenerative diseases.  Furthermore, hot liquids and especially Black Tea is helpful for people with asthma because it helps open airways.

Bones, teeth and blood also benefit from the amazing nutrients of Black Tea.  The phytochemicals found in Black Tea support stronger bones and teeth, reducing risk of arthritis and tooth decay.  Moreover, Black Tea may actually reduce plaque from bonding to teeth which breeds bacteria and leads to cavities.  Polyphenols help protect teeth against cavity-causing bacteria.  And long term consumption of Black Tea reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 70%. 

Enjoy a rich, dark, delicious cup of Black Tea in one of Zokiva’s indulgent flavors: Earl Gray, Pumpkin Spice or Raspberry Rush! 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult with a doctor before use. If you are on any medications check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any supplement.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, test, cure or prevent any disease.


Drink Up! Black Tea for your Heart Health

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!