Health Benefits of Darjeeling Tea
Darjeeling Tea also known as the “Champagne of teas” is widely recognised as the most distinctive and cleanest tasting teas available on the market today. Originating from the foot of the Himalaya mountains, in the Darjeeling area of Northern India, the great taste is complimented by a wide range of naturally occurring health benefits.
So what exactly are the health benefits of drinking Darjeeling Tea?
Despite the various flushes having their own distinctive colours, Darjeeling tea is still classified as "black" and therefore has its own distinctive “black tea” health benefits:
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA HELPS TO PREVENT PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Drinking a standard 8oz cup of Darjeeling tea will provide approximately 40-120 mg of caffeine1.
Caffeine has the unlikely effect of reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
For men (specifically) who drink “as little as 124-208 mg of caffeine daily, have a significantly lower chance of developing Parkinson's disease." Women simply have to drink a “moderate” amount of caffeine to achieve the same effect.1
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA IMPROVES MENTAL ALERTNESS AND FOCUS
As mentioned previously, Darjeeling Tea is caffeinated. Moderate amounts of caffeine have been proven to improve mental alertness and reduce tiredness2.
Feeling a little drowsy or tired? Have a cup of soothing Darjeeling Tea to provide an instant energy boost!
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA HELPS TO PREVENT CERTAIN TYPES OF CANCER
According to a US 2015 study3 of the "Anti-cancer effect of black tea extract on human cancer cell lines" it was found that:
"Polyphenolic compounds in the tea are considered strong antioxidants preventing tumour development through its antioxidant function"
It should be noted that this is only certain types of cancer (of which there are many variants)
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA AMAZINGLY HELPS TO CLEAN YOUR TEETH!
Darjeeling tea helps to fight two forms of oral bacteria, these being Lactobacillus and Streptococcus. It is claimed that by drinking three cups of Darjeeling tea a day, this will help fight off these two forms of bacteria – two of the main causes of gum disease and tooth decay.4
Tea also contains a high level of fluoride5, which is a commonly added component of toothpaste and tap water - as it helps to fight tooth decay.
“Tea does not damage dental enamel unlike sugary and carbonated drinks, acidic juice or alcohol. Instead, tea protects and strengthens teeth. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the average UK intake of fluoride comes in a cuppa” 5
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA INCREASES THE DENSITY OF YOUR BONES (AS WELL AS STRENGTHENS YOUR TEETH)
Tea is an excellent source of fluoride5 which according to a 2007 scientific study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,6 identified a correlation between the preservation of bones and a persons intake of black tea.
The study was specifally examining hip structure in elderly women, but does point out that “this finding provides further evidence of the beneficial effects of tea consumption on the skeleton” and therefore a correlation.
As mentioned, fluoride also strengthens teeth as well as helps to keep your mouth bacteria free.
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA HELPS TOWARDS WEIGHTLOSS AND CAN BE USED AS A DIET AID
Black tea is generally very low in calories when consumed on its own - minus any milk or sweeteners. This makes it an ideal health drink. Substituting a standard sugary (higher calorie) canned drink with black tea will reduce calorie and sugar intake and will help you lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet.
The caffeine found in black tea will generally give you more energy and enhance performance during times of physical exertion causing you to naturally burn more calories. Studies have also shown that when taking caffeine before a work out the following also occurs7:
- Endurance athletes improved performance by an average of 3.3 percent (some reported up to 17 percent increases).
- Strength and power sports performance improved up to 20 percent.
- Sprinters improved performance on average by 6.5 percent.
- Weightlifters improved performance on average by 9.5 percent.
- Rate of perceived exertion (fatigue) is decreased by 6 percent on average
Caffeine also works as an appetite suppressor (for a brief period of time) meaning you won't feel as hungry after drinking a cup of tea.8
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA HELPS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE
Consuming Darjeeling tea on a regular basis can help lower the risk of heart disease. According to a study in 20019, it was found black tea contains flavins and thearubigins which mimic the effects of polyphenols found in green tea.
“ polyphenols are powerful antioxidants…that decrease the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease, and also inhibit action of reactive oxygen species mediating the oxidation of DNA associated with carcinogenesis”9
Carcinogenesis is the formation of cancer.
DRINKING DARJEELING TEA PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF HEALTHY ANTIOXIDANTS
According to John Weisburger - senior researcher at the institute of Cancer prevention in New York) “Studies of humans and animals show that the antioxidants in black and green teas are highly beneficial to our health”
“Studies of humans and animals show that the antioxidants in black and green teas are highly beneficial to our health”10
As a result, the antioxidants found within tea contribute to a number of mentioned and additional health benefits as well as providing health rich polyphenols which are a type of antioxidant10
DARJEELING TEA IS A VERY HYDRATING DRINK WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR RECOMMENDED 8 GLASS A DAY INTAKE OF WATER
As Claire Williamson of the British Nutrition Foundation has stated:
"In terms of fluid intake, we recommend 1.5-2 litres [of water] a day and that can include tea. Tea is not dehydrating. It is a healthy drink."11
This together with the added benefits of antioxidants and flavonoids - found specifically in black tea, make Darjeeling tea an all-round healthy drink.
If you would like to experience the great flavour of our Nudo Darjeeling tea and the associated health benefits, Why not adopt a Tea Garden?