You don’t have to be a Brit to enjoy a delicious cup of tea in the morning or spend a rainy weekend indoors, covered in your favorite blankie, and drinking some of this magic potion. Out of the thousand different types of tea, Assam tea, also known as Irish breakfast tea, has a strong scent and a malty flavor. Here is everything else you should know about it.
History and origins
The Assam tea takes its name after its production region in India. The state of Assam is currently the largest tea-growing part in the country, bordering Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The region’s unique humid climate makes it possible for the tea leaves to grow strong and vigorous, providing a sharp, malty, and spicy taste to the beverage. If you harvest the flowers during the second flush, you’ll get the best flavors of this type of tea.
Assam is mainly known for growing and producing black tea, although you can also find various types of green teas and white teas. Historically, this Indian region has been the second most preferred commercial area after southern China. These are the only two places in the world that take pride in their native tea plants.
This type of tea has become popular in Europe about two centuries ago after the first multinational company in the world, the British East India Company, began its journey in the Indies, introducing the old continent to numerous Asian-specific spices, foods, and products.
Some of its known benefits
For decades, scientists have studied the effects of different types of tea on the human body and came up with a list of benefits. Here is what Assam tea will allegedly do for your body.
Fountain of youth
Rich in natural antioxidants like all other types of green and black tea, the one from the Assam region is known for creating a natural barrier against free radicals that can cause premature aging, dark circles, uneven skin tone, and even skin imperfections like pimples and blackheads.
We suggest that you pour this beverage into your favorite tea tumblers and infusers and carry it with you anywhere you go – to school, at work or to the gym.
Improved mental alertness
Similar to other types of black tea, the Assam tea contains relatively large quantities of caffeine, which is known to stimulate neuronal activity and keep you focused. This could prove your number one ally early in the morning, especially if you’re not a big fan of coffee.
However, this type of black tea also contains an amino acid named theanine which will relax your mind in times of stress. By combining the effects of caffeine with the relaxing ones of this amino acid, the Assam tea is probably the only one that will stimulate neuronal activity without over demanding your brain at the same time.
Therefore, it can maintain the health of your brain and help you finish all your tasks on time.
Improved cardiovascular health
Arteries may be blocked by a multitude of elements, including a poor diet. Thanks to the unique elements found in the Assam tea, this beverage can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and promote a healthy, strong, and young heart.
Combined with a large quantity of antioxidants, Assam tea could also lower blood pressure. Although further studies need to be conducted in the area, some of the potential benefits of this type of tea are have been known for centuries by the Indians.
However, if you have a pre-existing heart condition, it is always best to check with a cardiologist before starting consuming these beverages on your own.
For centuries, mint leaves and tea leaves have been known for their positive effects on the teeth. Apart from giving you a fresh breath, tea leaves are also said to fight cavities and inflamed gums.
The Assam tea is rich in fluoride and can even fight against bacteria that cause plaque and bad breath, should it be consumed without added sugars.
And, speaking of unsweetened tea, we suggest you look online for the newest rice milk makers and combine your cup of black tea with a delicious rice-based drink. That’s the original version of English/Irish breakfast tea.
The tea can also act like a homemade mouthwash as it can clean and rinse your mouth, eliminating all remaining food particles.
Potential weight loss
Certain studies link the consumption of Assam tea to potential weight loss when combined with a balanced and nutritious diet. Assam tea could accelerate the metabolic rate which is responsible for burning fats in your body. The faster you burn calories, the easier it would be for you to get rid of a few pounds.
Therefore, your body won’t absorb as much sugar and fat from foods, which could ultimately lead to weight loss. Unfortunately, further studies have yet to be conducted to determine a positive link between drinking Assam tea and losing weight.
We do suggest you stack on some new healthy eating cookbooks and improve your lifestyle by becoming more active. Assam tea may or may not positively impact your weight loss process, but you will be able to get rid of a few pounds with the help of a low-calorie diet and a workout routine.
As with all caffeine-based beverages, Assam tea could have mild side effects. Depending on how much tea you consume on a daily basis, you could experience increased heartbeat (tachycardia), palpitations, irascibility, and sleeping disorders. Some people even mentioned nausea and vomiting.
Diarrhea and frequent urination also represent quite common side effects of caffeine-based beverages. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day while also minimizing the amount of caffeine in your beverages.