Assam tea is known for its rich flavor and beautiful amber color. But beyond that unique maltiness, Assam tea truly is awesome; you may not be aware of it, but while you’re enjoying a cuppa’ Assam tea, that very tea is working wonders on your body! Read on to discover the awesome health benefits of Assam Tea.
Five Health Benefits
1) Improves Mental Clarity
Tea contains a special amino acid called L-theanine that has anti-anxiolytic properties. L-theanine is known to boost alpha waves. While these are all fancy words, it simply means that when our alpha waves increase, our mental state becomes more relaxed (but now drowsy!) and more engaged! Specifically, alpha waves improve cognitive ability, increase mental clarity, induce alertness, and enhance your mood. So now I bet you’re thinking you need a cup of Assam tea to boost your mental clarity if the rest of this blog is going to be as sciency! We surely did to write this...
2) Promotes Heart Health
Studies have shown that the polyphonic compounds in black tea have the ability to help regular high blood pressure! In fact, long term black tea drinkers (good for you!) tend to have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. To take it one step further, some studies have even shown that consuming a specific dosage of Assam tea a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, wow!
3) Boosts Metabolism
While fad diets may not always work for weight loss, regular tea consumption does! On a simple level, black tea works to increase the rate of your metabolism so that more calories are burned. But diving in deeper, black tea also works to prevent obesity and other weight associated diseases by enhancing the metabolization of glucose, lipids, and uric acid. This is all thanks to the polyphenols in black tea!
4) Boasts a Ton of Antioxidants
Black tea is rich in polyphenols, which are plant-based antioxidants. Of course they all have fancy names like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), theaflavins (TFs), thearubigins (TRs), but this doesn’t overshadow the benefits these flavonoids and minerals in tea have! A diet that is filled with antioxidants is truly crucial for living a long and healthy life.
5) May Have Anticancer Effects
Assam tea contains phenolic compounds, that while they can’t cure cancer, they have properties that hinder the growth and spread of cancer! Also, some research has shown links between Assam tea and a reduced risk of certain cancers, like lung and skin cancer. So while much more research is clearly needed, there’s no harm, only benefits, in enjoying a cup of Assam tea today!
Tips to Try
1. Drink a cuppa’ tea...or two… or three a day
2. Always pour boiling water over Assam tea to extract the best flavor
3. If adding milk, try a longer steep — up to 7 minutes — before adding milk
4. Try it iced. Brew in 6 oz water, add sweetener (optional!), and pour over ice.