The Assam tea is one of the most popular black teas consumed world over. Its distinct aroma, strength and flavor makes it a black tea must-have, for all tea connoisseurs. In the following article I have spoken about this signature black tea, and why it should be consumed not just for its taste and aroma, but health too. Read on.
Assam, the state which refers to tea as “cup of gold”, is the single largest tea grower in the world. Tea gardens in Assam are located along the either sides of the Brahmaputra river. The Assam tea is a black tea, and offers a strong brew, a malty flavor and a bright golden color, and is mostly preferred with milk. Assam tea is processed to yield the orthodox black tea and the CTC teas. Having the longest harvest season, between March and November, Assam tea is one of the widely consumed black teas around the world.
Assam tea leaves are grown along the borders of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India, in an organic way. When plucking during the harvest season, tea pickers only pluck two leaves and a bud, from these tea bushes. This way only the freshest of tea leaves are plucked, which offers the richest and the most authentic flavor.
If you buy tea online in India, you may want to ensure that the tea is sourced from reputed tea harvesting companies, since this will ascertain it’s authenticity. Besides its rich color and aroma, authentic Assam tea offers a range of health benefits as well.
Assam Tea for health
- Cardiovascular disease – The flavonoids present in Assam tea are known to improve the functioning of the heart. Consuming few cups of Assam tea regularly can prevents plaque from forming within the arteries and valves of the heart, and reduces the risk of hardening them. This in turn helps reduce the risk of heart diseases.
- Cancer – The phenolic compounds present in Assam tea help reduce the formation of the free radicals that cause cancers; though studies are still underway to prove how beneficial drinking black tea can be. Besides, the antioxidant properties present in Assam tea is also shown to contribute to reducing the risk of developing cancer.
- Parkinson’s disease – Consuming between 124-208 milligrams of Assam tea everyday, has shown to reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in men. In women however, consuming more amounts, approximately 1-4 cups a day, of Assam tea has shown to be beneficial.
Similar to any other black tea, the Assam tea also boosts thinking and mental alertness, owing to its caffeine content. However, excessive consumption of black tea can lead to adverse health effects such as irregular heartbeat, heartburn, nervousness and headaches. Hence, only a few cups of the Assam tea should be consumed in a day. Overall, consuming Assam tea can not only offer a refreshing experience with its flavor and aroma, but also be a healthy addition to your daily diet.
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