Rich and malty with a great depth of flavour, Assam tea is easily among the tastiest and most satisfying beverages you can enjoy throughout your day. However, like many of our teas, there is much more to Assam than meets the eye – or taste buds in this instance!
There are many alleged health benefits to drinking Assam tea and, coupled with its aroma of juicy currants or raisins, it certainly isn’t hard to see why it comes from the world’s largest tea producing area.
So what are the benefits of drinking Assam tea?
Keeps you alert and strengthens your nervous system
Assam is a type of Black tea, which contains the highest caffeine content of traditional tea types. Black tea is alleged to improve mental alertness and can be a great way to perk yourself up in the morning, or to improve your focus when facing a complex task. Our Superior Breakfast Assam Tea is one of our bestselling teas for this reason!
What’s more, by helping to keep us alert and active, Assam tea is said to stimulate brain function without causing stress to the heart; strengthening the nervous system in the process.
However, like all things including caffeine, too much can have an adverse effect so we recommend drinking your Assam sensibly.
Block fat and glucose absorption
Assam, like many Black teas, is alleged to block fat absorption and assist weight loss. It would be unwise to assume that Assam tea alone can help you to lose weight, but coupled regular exercise, it makes a very tasty addition to a healthy diet.
Additionally, research by The Journal of Food Science has discovered that black tea has the highest concentration of polysaccharides – carbohydrates that prevent glucose absorption; making it an effective beverage for diabetics.
Improves cardiovascular health
Flavonoids in Assam tea are alleged to improve the lining inside blood vessels, cardiac valves and other body cavities, helping to reduce the build-up of plaque inside the arteries. This is said to contribute to lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Protects against cancer-inducing carcinogens
Assam tea, like green tea, is alleged to contain polyphenolic antioxidants that are capable of protecting against chemical carcinogens, which are known to increase the risk of various types of cancer.
While not definitive, studies have indicated that green, black and Assam tea consumption can afford protection against carcinogen-induced forms of cancer, by reducing damage to nitrogen species and reactive oxygen on your cells.
Reduce risk of Parkinson’s Disease
Studies have indicated that caffeine consumption may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. As you know, Assam tea is a Black tea, which contains the highest caffeine content of traditional tea types. It is alleged that between two to four cups of Assam per day can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s in men, while one to four cups can reduce risk for women.
However, it is not clear whether caffeine in general can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s, but it is alleged that high caffeine tea can in fact have a positive impact.
Reduces risk of ovarian cancer
Black tea has been alleged to assist a decline in ovarian cancer risk, with women that consume two or more cups each day experiencing up to a 30% decline in risk.
Aside from the alleged health benefits, we can confirm that Assam tea is in fact a delight to drink and there are plenty of types to suit all palates. Whether or not you feel significantly healthier by drinking Assam regularly, you will certainly enjoy the experience of a cup or two throughout your day. We sure do!
The above are just some examples of the health benefits of drinking Assam tea and, while we would never suggest that drinking Assam is a sure way of improving your health and immunity, research conducted on the subject is promising.
Now that you know some of the positives to drinking Assam tea, why not try and find the tea that’s right for you? Check out our range of Assam tea and if you do try one or two out, let us know how they make you feel!