On a mission to discover the finest teas on earth, we traveled deep into the lush hills of Sri Lanka. What we came back with was “Ceylon”! Ceylon is a giant leaf, more robust in flavor and less astringent than other teas. It’s lighter to taste with more body and has mild honeyish flavors. It has a softer aroma than First Flush Darjeeling, yet it’s full-bodied with a long finish.
Ceylon tea has a bolder flavor than other teas, such as those grown in regions such as India and China. It has a malty taste with fruity overtones and contains higher levels of caffeine than other teas, about twice as much, depending on the variety. It is known for its deep-bodied, rich flavor. Ceylon Black tea has a bold flavor and a deep, golden color. Brew some today to enjoy a distinctive flavor that’s softer than other black teas but not quite as delicate as green tea.
The name “Ceylon” is derived from the Portuguese word for the island, meaning “little India.” It’s cultivated in the high altitude “wet zone” throughout Sri Lanka’s lush central and upcountry regions, a climate that produces low yields of some of the wealthiest teas in the world.
Ceylon Tea Benefits:
Green Ceylon contains up to three times the EGCG of other green teas. Research shows that EGCG can:
- Help maintain a healthy weight and reduce body fat.
- Moderate blood sugar levels and help maintain stable insulin sensitivity.
- Protect against DNA damage caused by free radicals.
- Help shield the skin from damaging UV.
- Help maintain cholesterol levels.
Ceylon black tea is an excellent source of antioxidant compounds that help counter oxidative cell damage. Green Ceylon contains up to 50% more antioxidants than other green teas and is produced traditionally from a single flush, non-fermented leaf with no additives or flavoring.
In addition to antioxidants, Ceylon black tea contains nearly three times as much fluoride as regular black tea. Even better, unlike heavily refined tap water and mineral waters containing fluoride, Ceylon black tea is packed with naturally occurring fluoride (called calcium fluoride), which will benefit your teeth and bones without causing mottling or discoloration of the teeth.
Massaging your tummy with warm tea may help you get rid of the flab around your midriff faster by enhancing your body’s metabolic rate. Just kidding, Massaging doesn’t allow you to lose weight, but it does when you intake Ceylon tea.
A polymer in Ceylon black tea, called the theaflavin-3-3′-gallate (TF3G), may also help activate a specific enzyme involved in breaking down fat cells that prevent fat accumulation. This could potentially help reduce body fat.
According to the published study findings, activation of this enzyme could potentially help reduce body fat post absorption of a meal. The enzyme, known as lipase, breaks down fat after you eat and allows your body to use it as an energy source, the findings showed.
Helps Fight Blood Sugar:
Some varieties of Ceylon tea have a unique polyphenol that may help to regulate blood sugar levels. This unique polyphenol in Ceylon tea has other beneficial effects on the body and regulates blood sugar levels. In addition, studies have found that this compound may also prevent the adverse effects of sugar spikes, such as delayed hunger and cravings.
A rich, beautiful Ceylon tea made full of heart-smart flavanols. They are packed with antioxidants. Extracts from purple rooibos, turmeric, rose hips help fight free radicals and naturally improve heart health. Antioxidants and Polyphenols have been proven to guard against heart disease by decreasing cholesterol, fatty deposits on the arteries, and plaque deposits that block blood vessels.
The tea is harvested in a pristine mountain region in Sri Lanka and pressed the same day to seal freshness and flavor.
How to make Ceylon tea?
Prep time: 10 mins
- Ceylon tea (loose powder or a teabag)
- 1 lemon
- Ice cubes
- Cane Syrup
- Pour boiling water into your teacup of choice and steep for three minutes.
- Add Ceylon tea powder or a teabag. Allow it to boil for 5 mins.
- Then, add the lemon slices, cane syrup, and cold water to a glass and stir gently.
- Add ice cubes and serve it in a tall glass over crushed ice.
- Now, your fantastic glass of Ceylon tea is ready.
Side effects Of Ceylon Tea
Yes, even this extremely beneficial tea has side effects. Ceylon tea contains caffeine. It contains around 14- 61 mg of caffeine per serving, depending on the type of tea. However, we believe it is a safe and healthy addition to your healthy lifestyle when consumed in moderation.
You don’t need to cut out caffeine completely. Instead, experts suggest keeping your intake to less than 200 mg per day – about 2-3 cups of coffee or 2-3 cups of black tea.
This tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, which have been linked to a reduced risk of various types of cancer. However, the significant health risk is an increase in the loss of calcium through the urine. This can lead to the weakening of bones. So additional calcium should be taken in if these medical conditions exist.
Drinking Ceylon tea isn’t a risk-free way to protect yourself from cancer and other health conditions, and some of the claims may even scare you. The caffeine in the tea may make your anxiety worse or even cause an irregular heartbeat, especially if you’re sensitive to caffeine.
You drink tea regularly to soothe yourself. However, the caffeine in the tea may also cause diarrhea or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in individuals with digestive issues.
The region in which tea is grown dramatically affects its flavor and caffeine content. For example, Ceylon teas have high caffeine content because they are grown in the hills. It can increase your energy levels while making you more alert and attentive. This can considerably disrupt your sleep cycle at times.
The Bottom Line
Ceylon tea is a blend of fine teas from the north and south of Sri Lanka. Aromatic with a sweet aftertaste, it has become a staple in Asian tea blends. In addition, Ceylon tea is famed for its unique flavor and health benefits. This full-flavored black tea contains some of the highest levels of antioxidants found in any tea leaves, which is why it’s so widely used in cancer prevention diets.