Ingredients and Uses

Earl Grey Tea – The 9 Surprising Benefits + Side Effects

Earl Grey Tea – The 9 Surprising Benefits + Side Effects June 27, 2018

It has a unique and tasty flavor, but what makes it special is its wide array of benefits. Whether it is taking care of your teeth or relieving cold symptoms on a rainy day, Earl Grey tea has it covered. To know more, just keep reading.

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What Is Earl Grey Tea?
What Are The Benefits Of Earl Grey Tea?
How To Make Earl Grey Tea
What Are The Side Effects Of Earl Grey Tea?

What Is Earl Grey Tea?

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend that is often flavored with bergamot oil. It has a signature lemon-like pungent flavor and is believed to have been named after the former Prime Minister of British in the 1830s, Earl Charles Grey.

Though traditionally, this tea is made from black teas, tea companies today offer it in other varieties, such as green or oolong.

That said, the popularity of Earl Grey tea has been on the rise, thanks to its wonderful benefits.

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What Are The Benefits Of Earl Grey Tea?

1. May Boost Teeth Health

Some research suggests that the catechins in Earl Grey tea (or any tea for that matter) can benefit the health of your teeth. More importantly, Earl Grey tea also contains fluoride – which is another mineral that prevents cavities and fights tooth decay.

Though more research is warranted, this is an encouraging step.

2. Eases Depression Symptoms

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The bergamot oil the tea contains is known to have a calming effect on individuals. This can boost the person’s mood and help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety and even stress. Bergamot’s natural aromatherapic qualities play a role here.

3. Can Boost Heart Health

This can again be attributed to the bergamot in the tea. As per studies, this key ingredient can lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease as a consequence. Bergamot contains essential enzymes like HMGF (Hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) that can attack those proteins in the body known to cause heart disease (1). In fact, bergamot is considered as good as statins (a group of drugs prescribed for fat reduction) in improving heart health.

Studies also show that taking Earl Grey tea can even improve good cholesterol levels, which is another precursor for heart health.

4. Enhances Digestion

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Earl Grey tea can ease abdominal issues like cramping, constipation, and hemorrhoids. Traditionally, the tea has also been used to treat colic and nausea.

Earl Grey tea also contains antioxidants, called theaflavins, which eliminate free radicals that can cause indigestion and other digestive issues. Research shows that consuming at least three cups of Earl Grey tea a week can cut the risk of digestive system cancer.

5. Helps Prevent Cancer

The antioxidants in the tea can fight free radicals, which can otherwise lead to cancer in the long run. There are some interesting findings about ovarian cancer as well – women taking flavonoids, the antioxidants abundant in Earl Grey tea (and other teas as well), were found to be at a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Earl Grey tea also has the potential to halt angiogenesis, which is a bodily process through which new blood vessels are formed. Angiogenesis only happens in certain instances – for women during their monthly periods and pregnancy, and also for everyone when there is a physical injury. But once the need for these additional blood vessels is met, the body has to prune them back. The failure of this, due to any reason, can lead to diseases, cancer being one of them.

6. Earl Grey Tea Fights Inflammation

This must be attributed to bergamot oil, again. Studies have demonstrated the amazing anti-inflammatory properties of bergamot oil, which make Earl Grey tea an amazing anti-inflammatory agent.

7. Might Promote Weight Loss

The bergamot in Earl Grey tea has citrus extracts that are known to boost metabolism, and they help you lose weight as a consequence. And there is caffeine in the tea, which also boosts fat burning and contributes to healthy weight loss.

8. Boosts Immunity

The antioxidants in the bergamot oil fight free radicals and boost the immune system. They also fight oxidative stress, which can hamper the functioning of the immune system. Which is why this tea can be the ideal drink if you are suffering from symptoms of cold and fever. The tea can also treat a sore throat.

9. Might Treat Sunburns

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Though there is very less research on this, some anecdotal evidence suggests that the antioxidants in Earl Grey tea can help heal sunburns. You just have to massage the tea over the affected area every morning and night.

These are the different ways you can use Earl Grey tea for your benefit. But how do you make the tea? What do you need?

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How To Make Earl Grey Tea

The process is simple. You just need a couple of teaspoons of Earl Grey tea and some water. Here are the steps:

  1. Heat the water. Allow it to boil.
  2. Add a couple of teaspoons of the tea leaves to a cup.
  3. Pour the boiled water into the cup and let them steep.
  4. Strain the liquid and enjoy.

If you want to make the tea with milk, simply replace the water with milk. And if you want to have Earl Grey green tea, you can mix the leaves of both the teas and follow the process discussed above.

For iced Earl Grey tea, simply let the leaves steep in the hot water. Strain the liquid and allow the tea to cool down. You can add a couple of ice cubes to it and have your iced tea.

Quite simple, isn’t it? Does this mean you can take the tea as many times as you want every day? Maybe not.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Earl Grey Tea?

  • Issues During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Like most other teas, Earl Grey tea contains caffeine. This may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  • Caffeine Problems

Excess caffeine can lead to anxiety, tremors, heart palpitations, and even sleeplessness. If you have issues with caffeine intake, reduce intake of the tea.

  • Stained Teeth

Tea contains tannins, which can get transferred to your tooth enamel, thereby staining your teeth. You can rinse your mouth after drinking to prevent this.

  • Issues With Iron Absorption

The tannic and gallic acids in the tea can interfere with the absorption of iron from leafy green veggies. Hence, reduce intake of the tea if you are deficient in iron. Also, drink the tea in between meals and not with them.

  • Bergamot Toxicity

Excess intake of the tea can lead to bergamot toxicity, which can interfere with potassium absorption. This often leads to cramps in the hands and legs, burning sensations, muscle twitches, and even blurry vision.

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It has an appealing citrus flavor, but more importantly, it has an appealing set of benefits. So, why not include this tea in your daily routine? Doesn’t that sound like a smart idea?

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1. “A cup of earl grey…”. The Telegraph.

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