The Nepal variety of black tea has very similar health benefits of other black tea varieties. Nepal tea has high antioxidant content that helps protect its drinkers from many ailments and diseases.
Nepal tea possesses essentially the same characteristics and flavor of Darjeeling tea. It is grown in the pristine high-altitude mountain ranges of the Himalayan region. Due to its proximity both to India and China , Darjeeling tea bushes of the Chinese hybrid variety were taken by the British East India Company and planted in the Nepalese districts of Ilam, Taplejung and Dhankuta. Production of Nepal tea started in 1863 and the first factory opened in 1878.
Over the years, the slight differences in soil and climate have given Nepal tea a unique character of its own.
Nepal tea has four flushes:
First flush – The leaves have a light gold color that produces a light, delicate tea with a slight aroma.
Second flush – The leaves get more body that yield a drink with stronger flavor.
Monsoon flush – The leaves develop full strength and yield a brew with greater intensity and darker color.
Autumn flush – The leaves have a combination of different flavors. It has an amber color.
The active constituents of Nepal tea are very similar to those of other black tea varieties. It has considerable amounts of antioxidants such as polyphenols and catechins that make it a reliable partner in the maintenance of health.
** Nepal tea contains caffeine so pregnant and nursing women are advised not to drink this.
The following are some health effects attributed to this tea:
- May help lower the risk of development of cancer.
- May help enhance the immune system.
- May help lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- May help lower blood sugar levels and lower the risk of diabetes.
- May help accelerate metabolism and burn fat, thus contributing to efforts to achieve weight loss.
- May help support the digestive process.