Bigelow Tea Explores the Heart-Healthy Benefits of Green and Black Tea

 Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea and Bigelow Green Tea with Elderberry

Tea is popular! The Tea Association of the U.S.A. shared, as part of their 2024 tea facts report, that 160 million Americans are drinking tea, hot or over ice, on any given day and that 86% is black tea and 13.6% is green tea. With Bigelow Tea being the #1 tea company in America, three generations of the Bigelow family have dedicated themselves to creating blends that are delicious and good for you. Every cup offers a chance to add to your daily wellness routine. Numerous studies over the years have focused on the health benefits that green and black tea offer including their impact on cardiovascular health. Join us as we delve into how tea can and should be part of a healthier lifestyle.

The Difference between Green and Black Tea

Before we discuss the differences between green and black tea, let’s discuss how they’re similar. Did you know that both flavors come from the same plant? And that would be Camellia sinensis plants, but what differentiates green tea and black tea is how the plant’s leaves are oxidized which creates the distinct flavor profile within each tea type.

Black tea is produced from oxidized leaves, through a process called oxidation where oxygen triggers biochemical alterations within plant cells. As the leaves undergo oxidation and mild drying, they darken in color and develop a richer flavor recognizable in your favorite cup of black tea like Earl Grey. This oxidation also alters certain plant components, imparting black tea with a robust, earthy taste distinct from green tea. In contrast, green tea leaves go through minimal oxidation as they are exposed to very little light and air. Because of this, the green color is preserved which contributes to a light, refreshing taste profile.

The method of processing green tea and black tea is what creates a difference in the flavor as well as the nutritional characteristics of both. . The health benefits of each can vary according to Healthline, with green tea offering a higher level of EGCG and black tea providing more complex compounds like theaflavins.  Healthline claims that EGCG is renowned for its antioxidant protection and potential ability to support cancer prevention while The National Library of Medicine discusses how theaflavins are studied for their roles in heart disease and stroke prevention.

Tea's Heart-Healthy Potential

Let’s dive into the fascinating realm of heart health and the potential benefits that regular consumption of tea, whether green or black, might offer. Some studies suggest that individuals who incorporate three or more cups of black tea into their daily routine may experience a reduced risk of heart disease according to the American Journal of Epidemiology, as well as stroke according to the Annals of Epidemiology  .

Moreover, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has linked flavan-3-ols, a type of flavonoid abundant in tea, to favorable effects on blood pressure, a key marker of cardiovascular health. A 2022 study supported by the Heart Foundation found that participants, composed of elderly women with a median age of 81, who consumed high levels of flavonoids reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke.

While enjoying your favorite cup of Bigelow tea, whether it’s the refreshing taste of green tea or the robust flavor of black tea, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re savoring more than just a delightful beverage. Sipping your favorite blend may be the delicious addition you need to your healthy-choices daily to-do list. Why not experience fan favorites Bigelow Tea Green Tea with Elderberry plus Vitamin C and Bigelow Tea Spiced Chai Black Tea knowing you are helping to support your heart health one delicious cup at a time.


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