It’s winters. A dark cup of black tea with a slice of lemon on the sides is not only a visual delight, but a delight to olfactory senses, a relief to nervous system, to immune system, to tummy health & to the muscles. Steaming hot black tea is instant warmth, to your palms, first and then to the body, mind & lets face it, it reaches right to the soul in those uncomfortable, gloomy winters.
Lemon is one popular ingredient that pairs deliciously well with black tea. The brisk flavour of black tea is enhanced by just the few drops of lemony citrus. There are many ways in which lemon can be added to tea:
- Hot Black tea with a few drops of lemon juice from a fresh lemon wedge
- Hot Black tea with lemon extracts
- Hot Black tea with lemon zest
- Iced Black tea with lemon zest
- Iced Black tea with lemon wedge infusion
- Cold brewed black tea infused with lemon zest
As delicious as the combination of black tea with lemon is, there are plenty of benefits that come with this delicious combo. Here are the most commonly accepted, although none of these benefits are wholly backed by scientific research, these benefits are derived out of the ingredients that play a role in this duo. Thus, benefits of black tea with lemon are are follows:
1. May Strengthen Immunity:
Lemons are a natural source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an essential role in boosting immunity. General warmth of the tea’s temperature keeps throat and body warm. This ensures lowering of bacterial activity and gives a decent protection against cold & flu season. Regular consumption of black tea with lemon is known to protect one from catching cold.
2. Antioxidant Rich:
Both, lemon and black tea are rich source of anti oxidants. Regular intake of anti oxidants are associated with lowering of cell degeneration, lower wrinkling of skin and general well being.
3. Aids Weight Loss:
Lemons are acidic in nature. This helps break down of food in digestive system. Black tea is also known to improve resting metabolic rate of the body and thus the combination helps control weight gain. Black tea is known to aid and supplement a weight loss regime. However, this is to be consumed without any sugar, sweeteners or cream & milk.
4. May Protect Heart Health
Black tea and lemons, along with regular exercise and stress free lifestyle is known to protect heart health, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure. However, none of this can be a replacement for medical treatment for the said conditions.
5. Revives and Rejuvenates
It’s highly underrated how fresh lemon drops in black tea can help beat stress and help feel better instantly. It helps you revive and rejuvenate with it’s medium to high levels of caffeine content and the zesty flavour of lemon juice.
Thus, black tea with lemon is not just a great tasting beverage that soothes your mind and revives your body but also a perfect pick me up, a great bonding agent amongst friends & family and a great cup for winter days.