Did You Know There are Several Healthy Benefits of English Breakfast Tea?

Written by Kate Smith, Demand Media

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English breakfast tea is a warm, welcoming breakfast beverage and can provide different health benefits for your teeth, heart and skeletal bones.  According to Stash Tea, English breakfast tea’s name was founded from early American settlers that named the tea after England since they were homesick for their native country.  In order to prepare a delicious cup of English breakfast tea, be sure to steep your tea for between 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water in order to make a strong cup of tea.

Dental Health

English breakfast tea may be able to maintain your lovely smile.  The black tea leaves that it is comprised of can help to deter cavities by inhibiting bacterial growth, and slowing the creation of acid that makes cavities start to develop.   English breakfast tea may also fight against the development of plaque, which thus may help to prevent cavities.  Since drinking sugary drinks such as soda may help cavities to develop, it is important to understand that when selecting a beverage such as English breakfast tea, it is sugar-free and has low levels of acid which may in turn help in protecting your dental health.  Although, black tea does contain a substance called tannins, which might cause stains on your teeth.  You should always brush your teeth, or rinse your mouth with water after drinking tea to help to fight against dental stains on your teeth.

Heart Health

Due to flavonoids which are antioxidants contained in black tea, the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which is the “bad” cholesterol, may be halted preventing plaque development to be formed in your arteries.  This may help to prevent blood clots and inflammation in your arteries from forming.

Bone Health

Drinking English breakfast tea daily make help to maintain bone strength as well as preventing osteoporosis from developing.  There have been studies which were published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” and “Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology” that had discovered that women who drank tea on a regular basis had higher bone mass than women who did not drink tea.  Another study was published in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” which includes further evidence that people who drink tea can have stronger bones.  The study concluded that people who drank an average of 3.5 cups of tea on a regular basis daily for 10 years high higher total body, lower back, and hip bone mass than people who regularly did not enjoy tea.  The current research does offer promise of stronger bones to those who drink tea, although further research needs to be done to confirm if drinking tea can indeed prevent against bone loss.

Cancer Prevention

The type of antioxidant called flavonoids as well as caffeine discovered in English breakfast tea may help to prevent certain types of cancers from developing, such as those located in the prostate, mouth, and stomach.  In addition to providing antioxidant protection, flavonoids in tea may cause roadblocks in paths which can cause healthy cells into cancerous cells, thereby preventing cancer from developing in those cells.  Also, caffeine might prevent skin, lung, and colon cancer from also developing.  A study which was published in the “Journal of Pathology, Toxicology, and Oncology” uncovered that individuals who drank three cups of tea on a daily basis for one year, experiencing a significant decrease in damage done to their cells, in comparison to those individuals who did not drink any black tea.  Black tea must have more research done in more detail in order to determine if drinking black tea does indeed have the power to prevent cancer.

References:

WorlDental:  Is Drinking Tea Harmful or Good for Teeth?

Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute:  Tea

American Heart Association:  Black Tea Tames Artery Disease

Bastyr Center for Natural Health:  Tea for a Healthier Heart and Stronger Bones

Bastyr Center for Natural Health:   Black Tea Prevents Oral Cancer

Stash Tea:  English Breakfast Tea

Stash Tea:  How to Brew Tea

WedMD:  Foods and Habits that Stain Your Teeth

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