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Black tea is a true tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea leaves are allowed to fully oxidize before being processed and dried, which makes the leaves dark brown and gives the tea its signature flavor profile. Black teas tend to be bold and brisk, and they are often described as astringent.
Discovered in China in the mid-17th century, black tea was the first type of tea to be introduced to Europe and the Middle East. Its commercial success in the West led to large-scale production in China. Fueled by Scottish and English entrepreneurs and adventurers who stole tea plants and seeds from China, black tea production spread to other countries. These early English tea companies used enslaved workers in other countries and developed machinery for processing tea without the need for skilled tea makers. Over time, black tea production spread to India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya, and later to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Rwanda, Brazil, and elsewhere.
In China, black tea is known as hong cha (or red tea) due to the reddish color of its liquor (or infusion). In the East, however, black tea consumption is less common than green tea.Black tea is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. The aged leaves and stems are used to make medicine. Green tea, which is made from fresh leaves of the same plant, has some different properties.
Black tea is used for improving mental alertness as well as learning, memory, and information processing skills. It is also used for conditions such as headache, both low and high blood pressure, preventing Parkinson disease, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, black tea is consumed as a hot or cold beverage.
How does it work?
Black tea contains 2% to 4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may reduce the symptoms of Parkinson disease. It also contains antioxidants and other substances that might help protect the heart and blood vessels.
Possible side effects include:
- High amounts of black tea can cause side effects due to the caffeine in black tea. These side effects can range from mild to serious and include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. Also, people who drink black tea or other caffeinated beverages all the time, especially in large amounts, can develop psychological dependence.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, drinking black tea in small amounts is POSSIBLY SAFE. Do not drink more than 2 cups a day of black tea. This amount of tea provides about 200 mg of caffeine. Consuming more than this amount during pregnancy is POSSIBLY UNSAFE and has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and other negative effects, including symptoms of caffeine withdrawal in newborns and lower birth weight.|
If you are breast-feeding, drinking more than 3 cups a day of black tea is POSSIBLY UNSAFE and might cause your baby to become more irritable and have more bowel movements.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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