Even though brands of tea from England are among the world’s most popular, they are most often overlooked when it comes to their health benefits. Although green varieties get most of the hype, English Teas, which are usually black, do offer many health benefits.
Many English brands are popular, but a few are the most familiar, and popular worldwide: PG Tips, Taylors of Harrogate, Typhoo and Yorkshire.
England’s, and perhaps the world’s, best-selling, PG Tips was started in 1869 in Manchester, England by Arthur Brooke. A small family-run business, Taylors of Harrogate was founded in 1886 and is one of country’s few remaining independent family-run tea businesses. Taylors also produces Yorkshire Tea, which has awarded the nation’s best. Started in Birmingham, England in 1903, Typhoo comes in a distinctive red box and is another of the world’s popular brands.
Several studies bear out the health benefits of black teas.
A study from Kobe University in Japan may help those struggling with weight issues. The study showed that tea can reduce weight gains and limit the negative consequences of high fat foods. The study examined a group of mice. One group was given a normal diet and the other a diet high in fat. During this time, the mice consumed water and tea. At the end of the study, evidence showed mice that consumed tea has reduced weight gain as compared to the group that drank only water.
Another study shows it may help prevent heart disease, according to research from the University of L’Aquila in Italy. The study found that black varieties provides better heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood vessel reactivity.
Next, a new study shows it can help protect against heart disease. Results from a Dutch study of 40,000 people over 13 years indicates that having several cups a day can protect against heart disease. The risk of heart disease was cut by 1/3 for those who had 6 or more cups per day.
Then, scientists show how a cup makes you feel better. A new scientific study of black tea shows it can help you recover from stress more quickly. Researchers found that it cut levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the blood. Consumption reduces stress levels quicker than drinking other beverages. The study was conducted by University College in London and published the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.