The healthy effects of Darjeeling are derived from the flavonoids and antioxidants that are abundant in the camellia sinensis plant where it and all types of black tea come from.
Darjeeling tea is the tea coming from the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India. It is traditionally considered to be the most premium of all black teas, particularly by the tea drinkers from Great Britain and the countries of the British Commonwealth.
When brewed and steeped, darjeeling tea yields a thin-bodied, light-colored beverage with a floral aroma. It has an astringent and slightly musky flavor that gives off a cooling aftertaste. Darjeeling tea is taken either straight or with milk and sugar.
Darjeeling tea is typically graded by size and quality. The grades are as follows: whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings, and dust.
Darjeeling tea normally comes from the Chinese variety of the camellia sinensis tea plant, and not the Assam camellia sinensis variety that is the traditional source of most Indian teas.
Darjeeling tea is almost automatically synonymous with black tea but there are tea plantations in the region that are already dedicated to oolong tea, green tea and white tea.
The tea is typically grown at an elevation of 750 to 2,000 metres in about 80+ tea estates that dot the landscape of the region. The tea plants grow on the rich soil of the hilly terrain of Darjeeling.
Darjeeling tea possesses many of the antioxidants and flavonoids that are present in the camellia sinensis tea plant. However, the process of oxidation that it undergoes means that some of these properties are diminished, and that its healthy properties do not match those of either green tea or white tea. It is estimated that most darjeeling teas are less than 90% oxidized
Also, milk and sugar that are added to darjeeling tea are also said to reduce the potency of the antioxidants and flavonoids contained in the tea.
Nevertheless, this tea which has been dubbed the “champagne of black tea”, still contains a considerable amount of healthy properties.
Below are the health benefits gained from this tea:
- May help decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
- May help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
- May help relax the nerves.
- May help in weight loss.
- May help fight against tooth decay.
- May help strengthen the immune system to help keep the body from viruses that may cause a host of diseases, like coughs, colds, flu, diarrhea, cystitis and skin infections.
- May help the skin look younger.
- May help protect from inflammatory ailments like arthritis.