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Lapsang Souchong Tea Benefits *

Souchong is a beneficial black tea with a smoky flavor. Find this and many more gourmet choices at Tea Forté.

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What Are the Benefits of Lapsang Souchong?

Enjoying All this Unique Tea Has to Offer

Legend has it that Lapsang Souchong tea first got its smoky flavor when the Chinese had to find a way to preserve their teas for shipment. Harvested, rolled, oxidized and then dried over pine wood fires, this tea has an intense taste that is likened to dates. Known as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong in China, Souchong is an exceptional black tea that delivers many benefits when consumed.

Improves Cardiovascular Health

Like other black teas, Souchong may help to increase blood flow while reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream. This combined with natural antioxidant activity keeps cholesterol from oxidizing and sticking to blood vessel walls, leading to a healthier cardiovascular system. Black tea also contains theanine, an amino acid which may have a calming effect on the body. Since stress can also cause cardiovascular problems over time, it may be beneficial to drink Souchong tea to relax and unwind.

Strengthens the Immune System

Drinking tea when you have a cold or the flu doesn't only help you feel better because it's warm and relaxing; it may also work to fight the infection. Its antioxidant properties can boost immunity to help you get better and keep you from getting sick again in the future.

Can Lower Inflammation

Many people believe that inflammation is at the root of many modern diseases, and the antioxidants found in tea may be able to combat this common problem. By preventing damage that causes inflammation, antioxidants may stabilize the body and promote overall health.

Potential Cancer Fighter

The combination of beneficial vitamins, catechins and polyphenols found in black tea have been studied for their potential to fight against cancer. Cancerous cell growth begins with damaged DNA that is then replicated when cells divide. The compounds in tea may be able to prevent that damage before it can become widespread, thus reducing the growth of potentially cancerous cells.

Lowers Caffeine Intake

The negative effects of drinking too much coffee are widely known. Excessive caffeine intake can cause nervousness or anxiety, jitters and even heart palpitations. Lapsang Souchong has a much lower caffeine content than coffee, making it a viable alternative for those trying to step down their caffeine intake. When consumed in reasonable amounts, it delivers enough of a pick-me-up to boost alertness without unpleasant symptoms.

Helps With Weight Control

Small amounts of caffeine combined with the antioxidants in black tea could help with weight loss. Some people have found that consuming black tea on a regular basis boosts the metabolism, burning calories more efficiently and keeping the pounds off.

Since the flavor of Lapsang Souchong can be intense, it's best to start with a short steeping time and increase it to taste. Choose tea bags or loose leaves from Tea Forté and enjoy the beautiful red-brown color and deep flavor of this unique tea.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Lapsang Souchong
Rare leaves smoked over pinewood embers.