With the exception of jasmine, the earliest and probably most celebrated flavored tea was, and still is, Earl Grey. A black tea base scented with oil of bergamot, a citrus fruit from Sicily.
Benefits of earl grey tea
Earl Grey tea has antioxidants that support heart health and prevent deadly cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and high blood pressure.
These antioxidants function to dissolve plaque in the arteries and the heart, as well as provide antioxidant protection against oxidative stress, which causes cell damage.
The benefits of this tea extend beyond the cardiovascular system, as it also supports healthy brain functionality and liver health.
The primary antioxidant found in Earl Grey tea is known as “flavonol glycosides” or catechins. These antioxidants support heart, liver, and brain health by enhancing the function of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels.
The flavonol glycosides help to lower cholesterol levels by preventing plaque production caused by low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation within the artery walls. This lowers risk for atherosclerosis more effectively than many other natural remedies.
Flavonols are also helpful in maintaining normal body weight and blood sugar levels (especially postprandial glucose).
For those wishing to boost the antioxidants already present in their bodies, it is suggested to drink a half-cup of tea a day.
Even if taken in smaller amounts, earl grey tea may still promote general health and prevent disease. It can also be beneficial for regulating digestion.
Earl Grey tea has many uses beyond its antioxidant properties. This black tea goes well with milk and sugar, so it can be enjoyed as an afternoon or after-dinner treat with biscuits or cake.
It also makes for a fragrant summer beverage, when served cold over ice.
If made at home, one could add lemon slices to provide additional nutritional value with vitamin C and flavonoids (which are similar to catechins).
Why Try Earl Grey Tea?
- Reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Preventing tooth decay and cavities
- Lowering blood pressure.
- Exfoliating the scalp to help it shed dead cells faster .
- Improving skin quality
- Containing theaflavins & thearubigins flavonoids which improve insulin sensitivity to protect against diabetes
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