The health benefits of black tea were well known to my great grandma. This little Russian lady swore by black tea for all ailments, and I think that she may have been right. She lived to the age of 107 years old. Her black tea drinking mother died at the age of 110 years old, and we should perhaps pay attention to these two ladies diet.
Apart from a serious amount of walking, they drank 8 – 10 cups of black tea every day. Black tea was always present in our household, but it wasn’t until many years later, scientists discovered that it is packed with flavonoids. They are anti-oxidants which can help us to fight cancer and heart disease. The main flavonoid in black tea is called quercetin. This is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in the world. There is little wonder that both ladies stayed so healthy and active into old age. Along with a diet rich in home made yogurt, apples from the garden, cruciferous vegetables such as kale and plenty of water, they had a very health lifestyle apart from the odd tipple of Vodka.
The Gift of Black Tea
We now know that black tea can help us lower heart disease, and reduce inflammation. The only problem is that it is very high in caffeine, but the health benefits seem to outweigh the negatives. Black tea can help to reduce cholesterol, and interestingly enough it does so much more effectively in men. That doesn’t mean that you have to drink 8 – 10 cups per day. My two nans drank small cups, two or three mugs of black tea will not do you any harm.