Assam tea is one of the most common types of tea in the world, even if you don’t immediately recognize the name. It is packed with nutrients that can boost your health in a number of ways.
What is Assam Tea?
Assam tea is named after the region in India in which it is grown, which happens to be the largest tea-growing region in the world, and has native tea plants, just as the major tea-growing regions in Southern China. This particular subtype of tea is scientifically classified as Camellia sinensis var. assamica but may be more commonly known as English breakfast tea. The majority of the teas grown in this region are grown as breakfast teas, although there are also white and green tea varieties cultivated there.
There is caffeine in Assam tea, approximately 80 mg in every 8-ounce cup, making it one of the strongest teas in terms of caffeine, second mainly to chai tea. The taste of this tea is widely recognized as slightly mellow and earthy, with a smooth buttery overtone. There is a strong malty flavor in the tea as well, and this variable flavor is what makes it one of the most popular brews on the planet.
Assam Tea Benefits
There are quite a few phenolic compounds and other antioxidants in this tea that can help the body fight back the negative effects of free radicals, namely cellular mutation and chronic diseases, including cancer.
The active ingredients in this tea have been linked to improving the integrity of your blood vessels and arteries, thus making you less likely to develop plaque buildup in your cardiovascular system, and lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Caffeine is a stimulant substance, and as such, can increase the rate of your metabolism, not only giving you an energetic boost but also improving certain metabolic functions, such as fat-burning.
Studies have found that this tea can help to improve mental alertness, and with the notable levels of antioxidants, it can also prevent oxidative stress in the brain, which can reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
How to Make Assam Tea?
Due to the global popularity of Assam tea, it is widely available in both loose leaf and tea bag form; both are prepared in a similar way.
- Step 1 – Add 1 teaspoon of loose leaf Assam tea into a teapot for every 8 ounces of water.
- Step 2 – Bring water to a boil in a kettle.
- Step 3 – Allow water to cool to just below boiling, then add to the tea leaves.
- Step 4 – Let this mixture steep for 2 minutes.
- Step 5 – Remove the tea bag or strain out the tea leaves. Serve hot.
Note: You may keep the leaves or bags in longer for a stronger tea.
Assam Tea Side Effects
There are some side effects of drinking this black tea of which you should be aware, including an elevated risk of anxiety disorders, bleeding issues, sleep problems, high blood pressure, indigestion and others. However, these side effects are all linked to drinking an excessive amount of this tea. In moderation, drinking a caffeinated beverage is not inherently dangerous. Similarly, pregnant women should only consume this tea if they have the consent from their doctor.