Black tea, a rich source of several nutrients has been in existence for hundreds of years. It is a rich source of polyphenols, the tea also has antioxidative, anti-ageing and antidiabetic properties.1 Regular consumption of black tea can help patients with coronary artery disease, it can also help reverse endothelial dysfunction.2
Lemons, on the other hand, are packed with vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and citric acid.3 Lemons are good for your skin health, they can also help lower the blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.4
A combination of black tea and lemon can benefit you in numerous ways. Let’s look at 5 benefits you get by adding lemon to black tea:
1. It Is Good For Heart And Arteries
A combination of black tea and lemon can do wonders for your cardiovascular health. Black tea, being a rich source of flavonoids can neutralize cell-damaging free radical molecules, thus, improving your heart health.7 Lemon is good for your heart health as it is rich in vitamin C which helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure.8
2. It Helps Lower Your Calorie Intake
Black tea can be your guilt free drink, an entire cup (100 g) of black tea contains no calorie at all!9 However, if you add sugar, milk, and cream to black tea, then its calorie count will increase significantly. So, instead of adding calorie rich ingredient, try adding lemon to a cup of black tea, it will improve its taste and restrict the calorie count to just 1 per 100 g of serving.10
3. It Gives Your Body Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required by the body to heal wounds, protect cells, and maintain healthy bones.11 Black tea contains no vitamin C, however, by adding lemon to a cup of black tea you can give yourself a healthy dose of vitamin C.12
4. It Is A Rich Source Of Essential Nutrients
Lemons are a rich source of essential nutrients like folate, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium. Black tea is rich in vitamin K, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. By adding lemon to black tea you make your drink a nutritional powerhouse that can improve your overall health.
5. It Helps Keep The Antioxidants For Longer Time
Your cup of black tea has antioxidative properties that protect your body against heart attack, kidney stones, and artery hardening.13 The antioxidative properties can be preserved for a longer time by adding lemon to black tea.
- Black tea with lemon is usually safe for consumption, however, you must consult your doctor to check if your body is allergic to it.
- If you are pregnant, suffering from chronic illness or recently underwent surgery then you must seek professional advice before consuming black tea with lemon.
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|↑2||Duffy, Stephen J., John F. Keaney Jr, Monika Holbrook, Noyan Gokce, Peter L. Swerdloff, Balz Frei, and Joseph A. Vita. “Short-and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease.” Circulation 104, no. 2 (2001): 151-156.|
|↑3||Del Rıo, J. A., M. D. Fuster, P. Gómez, I. Porras, A. Garcıa-Lidón, and A. Ortuño. “Citrus limon: a source of flavonoids of pharmaceutical interest.” Food Chemistry 84, no. 3 (2004): 457-461.|
|↑4||D’Elia, Lanfranco, Gianvincenzo Barba, Francesco P. Cappuccio, and Pasquale Strazzullo. “Potassium intake, stroke, and cardiovascular disease: a meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology 57, no. 10 (2011): 1210-1219.|
|↑5||Heart Disease Statistics. American College of Cardiology.|
|↑6||Heart Disease Facts. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.|
|↑7||Tea and Cardiovascular Health. Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.|
|↑8||FAQ: Heart-healthy Diets. The Regents of The University of California.|
|↑9||Basic Report: 14247, Beverages, tea, black, ready to drink. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑10||Basic Report: 14211, Beverages, tea, black, ready-to-drink, lemon, diet. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑11||Vitamin C. National Health Service (NHS).|
|↑12||Basic Report: 09152, Lemon juice, raw. United States Department of Agriculture.|
|↑13||Łuczaj, W., and E. Skrzydlewska. “Antioxidative properties of black tea.” Preventive medicine 40, no. 6 (2005): 910-918.|