All of us want to know more about the food and drinks we use on our daily basis, because we are what we consume. It is impossible to keep a 100% healthy lifestyle, but we can try. This is why it is very important to inform ourselves about what we put in our mouths.
Today we are going to talk about Assam tea, about its benefits and side effects. It might seem that tea cannot have a negative effect. They do have several adverse effects, though.
What is Assam Tea?
Assam tea is a type of black tea. Assam is a region in India in which this tea is made, near the Brahmaputra River. It is mainly made from the Camellia sinensis plant.
Assamica is the broadleaf version of this plant and it grows in regions that are close to the Equator. Even if the benefits of this plant were known long before the 1800s, it was not used for producing tea until the 19th century.
Assam is the largest tea-growing region in the whole world.
Since Assam is at the border with Bangladesh and Myanmar and has a tropical climate, the tea that is being produced there has a great malty taste, as well as a bright and strong color.
There are also green teas produced in this area, but the black one is the most famous one. After China, Assam is the second region on Earth that has native tea plants. Therefore, if you have any chance to taste their teas, don’t even think about not experiencing it!
This tea is also called breakfast tea, Irish breakfast tea or English breakfast tea. Specialists say that if you want to know if your tea is really an Assam tea, you have to check if some of its leaves have golden tips – if there are any, then it is high-quality Assam tea.
Types of Assam tea and how they are produced
The manufacturers use the so-called “cut, tear, curl” method of making tea. First of all, the leaves are cut, then they are torn into small pieces and, in the end, crushed in order to increase the speed of oxidation.
There are two types of Assam tea: Spring Flush and Summer Flush. The first one is the one that is produced between March and May and consists of leaves that are smoother and the smell is stronger.
On the other side, the Summer Flush type is produced between May and August. This one is also known as “tippy tea” because the leaves have golden tips on them. The Summer Flush tea is sweeter and darker.
It is advisable to use one teaspoon of leaves for a cup of tea, which have to be left in hot water for up to five minutes. Moreover, it is very important for the water to contain as much oxygen so as to be able to extract the natural tea flavor. It is also said that Assam tea is healthier to drink without milk or sugar.
Besides these, there are no differences between preparing Assam tea from other types of tea. You can prepare it anytime, pour the tea into tea tumblers, take one for yourself, another for your friend, husband or child and enjoy a great day at work with as much energy as Assam tea can offer you.
Customers advise to drink this tea in white teacups (or even transparent ones) because the color of the tea will be seen easier this way.
One of the most known benefits of Assam tea is that it is a source of energy. If you do not like to drink coffee in the morning to keep you energetic, you can enjoy a cup of Assam Tea.
However, you have to know that it also contains caffeine, like all types of black tea do. Usually, a cup contains approximately 50-80 milligrams of caffeine. So, you can give up on spending time and money on coffee pods, because this tea will be the one that fills you with energy in the mornings.
Furthermore, some studies have linked Assam tea to a reduced risk of cancer. This is because the phenolic compounds are said to act as antioxidants and generate the reduced damage of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. However, scientists are still unable to state a clear relationship between the two.
The flavonoids will improve the blood circulation, as well as the endothelial function. More than that, if consumed regularly, it may even prevent the appearance of plaque inside the arteries.
Parkinson’s disease is also on the list of benefits – this tea can decrease the risk of having the disease.
You have be cautious if you have caffeine problems. Used in excess, it may lead to palpitations, nervousness and even problems with sleep.
If your stomach does not “like” the leaves, you can even vomit or have diarrhea – you have to be careful, especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Excessive use may also lead to anemia or diabetes – if drank with sugar – as well as to kidney stones.
Now that you know the essential things about Assam tea, the best thing for you to do is to buy it right away, because you will definitely enjoy its amazing taste and wonderful color. Above all, your body will also be happy, because the Assamica leaves will certainly make your “system” run better and faster.
But be careful! We know that it has a great taste, but do not drink it in excess. Enjoy a cup or two per day while also reading healthy eating cookbooks – the less, the better. You never know, Assam tea may become your breakfast companion from now on.