Tea and its intake are inextricably linked to Indian culture. This, however, was not always the case. India is one of the world’s largest tea producers, with 70% of tea consumed within the country.
The Northeast, with its hilly terrain, fertile soil, and humid climatic conditions, is ideal for tea-leaf cultivation. Assam, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland all have extensive tea plantations that produce some of the best tea in the country.
With its rich amber color and full-bodied cup, Assam tea is world-renowned. It is obtained from the plant Camellia Assamica, which grows in the state’s lowlands. Its strong, malty flavor makes it ideal for breakfast tea.
However according to Biological Trace Element Research, a journal Elemental Profiling of North-East Indian Tea (Camellia sinensis) by ICP-MS and Assessment of Associated Health Risk said that ” Total 321 drier mouth samples were collected during 2020–2021 from eight different regions (Darjeeling, Terai, Dooars, North Bank, Upper Assam, South Bank, Cachar, and Tripura) of north-east India.
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No inorganic mercury as well as uranium was detected in any tested tea samples. Mean concentrations of Be, As, Ga, Tl, Li, Se, Cd, Ag, Cs, V, Co, and Pb were at trace level, whereas macro-element mean concentrations were distributed in the manner of Al > Mn > Rb > Ba > Zn > Cu > Sr > Cr > Ni > Sn.”
The research Elemental Profiling of North-East Indian Tea (Camellia sinensis) by ICP-MS further stated that ,”Tea is a perennial crop that requires acidic soil for better plant growth. Due to the acidic nature of tea-growing soil, metals can be easily absorbed by tea plants from growing medium. Other anthropogenic activities are also the major contributor of element in the tea. This study provided a comprehensive database of 24 elements which were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).”