Black Tea Benefits
Consuming antioxidants may help decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve your overall health.
Black tea contains flavonoids and this ingredient has beneficial effects on heart health. Through several studies, regular drinking of black tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
May lower “Bad” LDL Cholesterol
LDL and HDL are two types of lipoproteins which carry cholesterol throughout the body. Studies have shown that black tea may help reduce LDL levels. High LDL levels increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Trillions of bacterial and the immune system is housed in the gut. Polyphenols and antimicrobial properties found in black tea may help improve gut health and immunity.
Consuming black tea on a daily bases may help decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This research however is mixed.
Reduce the Risk of Stroke
Insulin is a hormone that is secreted when you consume sugar. Black tea is a non-sweetened beverage that can help improve the use of insulin and reduce blood sugar.
Reduce Risk of Cancer Cell
The polyphenols in black tea may help fight cancer cells in the body. Although consuming black tea will not cure cancer, it may help decrease the cancer cell development.
Improvement in Focus
Some properties in black tea may help improve focus due to the caffeine content and the amino acid called L-theanine. The amino acid increases the alpha activity in the brain, which can help improve focus and alertness.
Chocolate Chip Benefits
May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
The flavonol chocolate can stimulate the endothelium, the lining of an artery, to produce nitric oxide (NO). NO sends signals to the artery to relax it, which lowers the resistance to blood flow. This is what reduces the blood pressure. Several studies have shown that cocoa and dark chocolate may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. One study did however show no effect.
Raises HDL and Protects LDL from Oxidation
A study showed that cocoa powder significantly decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol in men. It also increased HDL and lowered the total LDL for those with high cholesterol. Cocoa contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that make it into the blood stream and protect lipoproteins against oxidative damage. Dark chocolate can also reduce insulin resistance, which is another common risk factor for many diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
May Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Cocoa was found to reduce the risk of death from heart disease.
May Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Flavonol can protect against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.
Could Improve Brain Function
A study showed that eating high-flavanol cocoa improved blood flow to the brain. Cocoa also significantly improved cognitive function in elderly people with mental impairment. The caffeine and theobromine in cocoa may be a key reason why it can improve brain function in the short term.