Superfood: Black Tea
Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Assamica (with over 250,000 varitals)
This is the first of a series on superfoods, foods that can improve your health just by eating them, and they are more than just blueberries and yogurt (although they are definitely on the list). Superfoods, are foods that contain high levels of antioxidants, phenols, flavinoids, soluble fiber, and fatty acids.
Why is tea a superfood?
- It contains no calories
- It contains Fluoride (the same fluoride that prevents cavities)
- It contains Flavinoids (this is where tea gets its antioxidant properties)
- It contains Phenols
According to Pratt (SuperFoods Rx) , tea is supposed to help in a lot of ways such as lowering blood pressure, risk of stroke, preventing, skin damage, cataracts, osteoporosis, and it is antiviral, anti-inflamtory, anticavity and anti-allergy.
Don’t feel limited to only drinking your tea for all the benefits; try cooking with it as well. I have used Lapsang Souchong (pictured and credited to the hubby), a black tea from the Fujian province of China, in a BBQ sauce to create a deliciously smokey effect. English Breakfist and Earl Grey make great additions to simple tea cakes and other plain sweets.