During the 1700’s the water quality in England was so bad, that people were dying from dysentery. The introduction of tea reduced this epidemic (Antman, 2016). Now the scientist say that this was due to the simple act of boiling the water, and this does make sense, but the tea lover in me believes there is more to it than that. Tea contains tannins, and tannins are an acid found in tree bark, stems and leaves. In the plant, tannins act by inhibiting enzymatic action, and in that way, they protect the plant. When ingested by us, tannins taste dry, and leave a dry like sensation in the mouth (you can feel this especially when you drink really strong cold black tea). These tannins help us by protecting our mucous membranes, and reducing mucous secretion. The tannins also reduce inflammation associated with infection, and prevent bleeding. Tannins can also reduce diarrhoea and dysentery (Pengelly, 2004). The English came to value tea so much, that during the second world war, they distributed more tea, than ammunition to their soldiers. While German soldiers were turning to alcohol, the English soldiers would brew a cup of tea. They understood the comfort involved in the consumption of the warm beverage, and trusted tea, because it had seen them through terrible times before. To this day, within tanks that are manufactured, they have a section where warm beverages can be made, by the lowest ranking in the tank, so that the soldiers can receive the warm comfort, while on the battle field (Keen, 2017).
So, Yesterday’s Wisdom can be applied with Today’s Science.
The FlashBack Health Team
Antman, F. M. (2016). For Want of a Cup: The Rise of Tea in England and the Impact of Water Quality on Economic Development. Retrieved from Keen, P. G. W. (2017).
The Year Britain bought all the Tea in the World. Retrieved from http://www.teabox.com/blog/year-britain-bought-tea-world