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California, October 5, 2017: We have all been suggested to have a cup or two of green tea every day for its multiple health benefits. But are you a tea-lover, who prefers to have black tea over green tea?

Health benefits of black tea are many. Perfectly brewed black tea benefits for skin and hair are also known to many.

“For black tea lovers, there may be a new reason to keep drinking it,” said Dr Zhaoping Li, a senior author of a new study which points out the positive impact of black tea on the energy metabolism of the body.

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The animal study has been carried out by a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has been published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

As part of the research procedure, mice were given black or green tea along with their diet. Consequently, the intestinal bacteria in mice were observed to measure the effect.

The Research

After four weeks, the weights of the mice that were given green or black tea extracts dropped to the same levels as the mice receiving a low-fat diet.

The mice were divided into four groups with different diets,

  • Low-fat and high-sugar
  • High-fat and high-sugar
  • High-fat and high-sugar supplemented with green tea extracts
  • High-fat and high-sugar supplemented with black tea extracts

Observation

The researchers observed that consumption of tea altered the ratio of bacteria in the mice, showing a decrease in the percentage of bacteria causing obesity and an increase in bacteria that are associated with lean body mass.

Surprisingly, only the mice with black tea extracts diet revealed an increase in a category of gut bacteria called pseudobutyrivibrio which possibly causes the difference in the effects of black and green tea in energy metabolism.

Conclusion

According to researchers, green tea molecules are smaller in size and exercise direct impact on the liver to alter metabolism due to easier absorption.

However, the molecules in black tea are relatively bigger in size, which impede their absorption. Thus, they remain in the intestine, where they promote the development of beneficial bacteria that are involved in the regulation of energy metabolism.

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According to the new study, black tea may also contribute to good health. Pixabay

It is a well-known fact that green tea, rich in polyphenols, has multiple health benefits that include weight loss, healthy skin, and developing immunity, among others. However, according to Susanne Henning, lead author of the study, black tea may also contribute to good health and weight loss. She believes, “The results suggest that both black and green teas are prebiotics, substances that induce the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being.”

Dr Zhaoping Li shared that the health benefits of black tea and green tea are not only limited to their antioxidant qualities. Instead, they also exercise a significantly positive impact on the gut microbiome.

General Health Benefits of Black Tea

There are plenty of health benefits of black tea, let’s talk about some of them: Black tea prevents us from cardiovascular disease, diarrhea, tooth decay, low-concentration levels, digestive problems, poor blood circulation, high blood pressure & asthma. Black tea is also know for its medicinal qualities which makes it one of the best & popular teas know to mankind.

Health benefits of black tea have been widely accepted and embraced by people across the globe. Tea is one of the most beloved drinks or beverages in the world. “Camellia Sinensis” is the plant, tea grows from & different processing techniques help us producing many types of tea. Black tea is fermented and oxidized, which gives it the unique color, flavor, and health benefits.

Benefits Of Black Tea For Health:

  • Prevents cardiovascular diseases
  • Relieves asthma
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves bone health
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s
  • Diarrhea
  • Enhances poor blood circulation

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Benefits of Black tea For Skin:

  • Prevents skin infections
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Prevents premature ageing
  • Helps fight skin cancer

Benefits of Black Tea for Hair

  • Prevents hair fall
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Adds shine and luster

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Black Tea

  1. How many cups a day?

Consumption of 3-4 cups of black tea a day is safe.

  1. Is there caffeine in black tea?

A cup of black tea contains 47.4 mg of caffeine, half the quantity found in black coffee.

  1. Does black tea burn fats?

Yes. Black tea is rich in polyphenols and theaflavins that improve insulin sensitivity and reduce cholesterol, thus burning fat.

  1. Which is the best black tea?

Darjeeling tea

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Heart Patients Need to Focus on Fitness And Exercise, Not Weight Loss

It may be that weight is less important for heart patients, but we know that physical activity is very important

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Fitness (Representational image). Pixabay

Patients with heart disease should focus more on increasing their physical activity level, and not just weight loss, for a long life, researchers suggest.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), showed that heart disease patients can gain weight without jeopardising their health, but sitting in their recliner incurs significant health risks.

“The fact that gaining weight posed no increased risk when patients were already overweight, I think is a bit surprising,” said Trine Moholdt from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

The results indicate that weight gain does not seem to increase the risk for already overweight patients, which would mean that it isn’t dangerous for a fat heart patient to gain a few pounds. What is dangerous is if the person does not engage in any form of exercise.

People who are physically active live longer than those who are not. Sustained physical activity over time was associated with substantially lower mortality risk.

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Heart patients should focus on exercise than weight loss. Pixabay

“It may be that weight is less important for heart patients, but we know that physical activity is very important,” Moholdt added.

However, the findings do not mean that it is never a good idea for an overweight heart patient to slim down.

“In our view, desired or intentional weight reduction may be useful for overweight or obese individuals, although little data supports this view in studies of coronary heart disease patients,” Moholdt said.

Also Read: Good Heart Health Prevents Frailty in Old Age

For the study, the team examined 3,307 individuals (1,038 women) with coronary heart disease.

The results showed that the risk of premature death was higher for the group of patients who were completely inactive than for either of the other groups. The prognosis for people who exercise a little bit, even if it is below the recommended level, is better than not exercising at all.

“Even being somewhat active is better than being inactive, but patients have to maintain the activity level. Physical activity is perishable–if you snooze you lose its benefits,” Moholdt noted. (IANS)