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Black Tea after Meals: Ripe with Benefits?

by Evangelista Shelton


Black tea is one of the more popular teas, often chosen for its benefits. After all, it is just as powerful as green tea. Black tea is rich in antioxidants –particularly those antioxidants that fight against inflammation and a healthy immune system.


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Black tea contains compounds that help to slow the absorption of sugar, ultimately demonstrating its ability to lower the prevalence of diabetes. In a 2009 study of 1,040 elderly adults, it was shown that those who drank black and/or green tea had a lower prevalence of diabetes. 

How does it work? Black tea blocks spikes in blood sugar commonly seen after consumption of a meal that is filled with carbohydrates. As you may know, often once we consume a carbohydrate-heavy meal, our body experiences a sugar spike but, we also see a blood sugar dive which leads us to crave additional sugary foods, therefore prompting us to eat too much. For diabetics, blood sugar spikes can be a dangerous risk to their well-being.

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Other Benefits of Black Tea

Black tea has a host of other benefits that have been associated with its consumption including:

  • Decreased risk of kidney stones
  • Prevention of heart problems such as atherosclerosis and/or heart attacks
  • Mental awareness
  • Weight loss management
  • Upset stomach (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Reduced risk for certain cancers (i.e. breast, stomach, colon and ovarian)

Black tea has also been linked to reducing symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. According to a Singapore Chinese Health Study of more than 63,000 men and women over a 12 - year period, it was found that drinking ordinary black tea-as little as one cup in three days out of four - can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Depending on how strong it's brewed, black tea contains about 50 mg of caffeine per cup. In its purest form, one can reap the benefits of this beverage. It can be consumed hot or cold. However, you must also be careful not to disrupt the power of the tea by adding the wrong ‘extras.’ For example, adding milk to black tea can lessen the benefits associated with it.

As with anything, black tea should be consumed in moderation as too much of a good thing can lead to some undesired side effects such as dizziness, headaches, problems sleeping, overactive bladder and even stomach upset to name a few. Therefore, one should consider limiting their intake of black tea to 1-3 cups per day or less to experience the benefits associated with this beverage.

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Finally, should you decide to add black tea to your daily regimen, you should consult with your physician if you regularly take any medication to ensure there are no interactions that you should be aware of that might impact the general effectiveness of the medication.