The type of black tea known as Lapsang souchong has many health effects which are predominantly derived from the flavonoids and antioxidants abundant in the camellia sinensis plant, where it and all types of black tea come from.
Lapsang souchong is a type of black tea that originated from the Wu yi region of the Fujian province in China. Lapsang souchong tea is made by taking the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and smoke-drying them over pinewood fires. The tea takes on a somewhat smoky taste as a result of this process.
The tea is said to have been produced due to the need of villagers to hasten the drying process for their tea crops due to a threat to the crops in one season. They accomplished it by placing them in bamboo baskets and smoke-drying them over fires created by freshly cut pinewood. Unexpectedly, European customers liked the smoky and strong flavor of the resulting tea, and lapsang souchang tea became popular.
The strong, smoky flavor of the lapsang souchong tea is said to help complement salty and spicy dishes. It is also said to help complement the flavor of cheese. Lapsang souchong imparts a smoky flavor to oven-roasted meat even when the oven is kept at a temperature low enough to achieve a tender roast.
This tea is best taken straight and no milk is added. People often have strongly-differing views on the flavor of this tea. People are said to either love this tea, or completely hate it.
The following are the health benefits attributed to lapsang souchong tea:
- May help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
- May help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
- May help strengthen the immune system.
- May help fight against inflammation.
- May help relax the nerves.
- May help fight fat and facilitate weight loss.
- May help fight against tooth decay.