Black Tea vs Green Tea: What’s Best?

As various health-giving properties are being found in both green and black tea, people get more and more confused when it comes to their decision on which of the two to choose for regular drinking. Other questions also emerge, like whether it is okay to drink both kinds of tea at the same day; if there is a tea that may not just be of little help, but even harmful for them personally; what amount of tea cups per day is optimal etc. While scientists keep making a lot of effort to discover new data about this drink, we present what is already well-known.

As various health-giving properties are being found in both green and black tea, people get more and more confused when it comes to their decision on which of the two to choose for regular drinking. Other questions also emerge, like whether it is okay to drink both kinds of tea at the same day; if there is a tea that may not just be of little help, but even harmful for them personally; what amount of tea cups per day is optimal etc. While scientists keep making a lot of effort to discover new data about this drink, we present what is already well-known.

Tea is one of the most common drinks people have all over the world, with certain countries (e.g., Japan, China, Great Britain) having an entire national history associated with it. It has long been known that tea possesses plenty of extremely useful properties and is perfectly able to give out body and productivity level a boost. However, as kinds of tea vary, people have long been trying to learn as much as possible about each of them and determine when exactly a particular one of them may be the most helpful.


Black tea, as well as green one, is made of leaves of Camellia sinensis. The difference lies in the method of production. What we know as black tea is produced with leaving tea leaves under the sun until they oxidize and later they are dried and crushed (in some cases also heated before drying).

Green tea is produced by steaming or panning and is not fermented like black one, what results into having different polyphenols. And though both black and green kinds of tea are known for their antioxidant properties, they contain different kinds of those. Thus, black tea is packed with thearubigins and theaflavins. Green one has flavanols or catechins. General antioxidant level in black tea is a bit lower than in green one because of production peculiarities, but there hasn’t been found any significant difference between degrees of positive effect these teas make. As it has been recently found out, they even have the same potential in preventing diseases.


Among these conditions are:

  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Antioxidant activity of black and green teas has shown to decrease risk of developing cardiovascular issues and stroke significantly (up to 21% probability).
  • Cancer prevention. Numerous studies have concluded that tea consumption contributed to tumor genesis inhibition in animals’ various organs. Still, human studies that, in addition, concentrated mostly on green tea remained inconclusive. Still, despite the fact that more scientific evidence is required to state this, tea is very much likely to make the same effect on humans while definitely doing no harm.
  • Reduced risk of high blood pressure. Both black and green teas have shown positive effect on our blood pressure, preventing people from developing hypertension.

Nowadays scientists recommend drinking 3 or more cups of either black or green tea to support our immune system and get other tea benefits like battling free radicals in our body. No possibility of serious tea ‘overdose’ has so far been discovered, so the maximum number of cups is up to each individual.

This video will provide a detailed insight into properties of both black and green tea.

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