As you may know, I love teas and I love trying every kind of tea under the sun, including green teas of all varieties, as well as herbal teas like red Rooibos, organic peppermint and camomile teas, and most recently, herbal Tulsi teas from India. Best of all, I love the traditional black teas popular in the UK, such as Earl Grey, Yorkshire, English Breakfast, and P.G. Tips.
Well, my tea-of-the-moment happens to be black Darjeeling, which is also made into green and white teas. The Darjeeling region lies in West Bengal, Northern India at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains. So, this very spiritual, beautiful and fertile region would naturally produce exotically powerful and delicious teas!
And naturally, Darjeeling also contains exceptionally valuable health benefits. Like most green and black teas, Darjeeling’s trove of antioxidants win the fight against the free-radicals that do damage to our bodies, including bacteria that cause four major concerns: cancer, obesity, cavities and ulcers.
In fact, The Journal of Medicinal Food has published findings in support of both green and black teas and their effect against Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria which causes stomach ulcers and gastric cancer, and Darjeeling tea was found effective against ulcers without harming the beneficial bacteria that is needed for healthy digestion.
The antioxidant, L. theanine, found in all black teas, helps us wake up and relax at the same time, while rendering a less jittery effect than coffee.
While all of these healthy benefits are found in Darjeeling teas, there are special antioxidants found in Darjeeling that have also been proven to lower the risk of stroke.
One last note: I find that black tea clears my mind and improves brain function. Plus, Darjeeling is known in the U.K. as the “Champagne of Teas.”
So, enjoy your Darjeeling, and Happy travels ~ :)
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