Both coffee and tea are enjoyed by many, often at various hours of the day.  Both drinks have long been known for their medicinal properties, with most benefits coming from the antioxidants found in both coffee beans and tea leaves, but also some benefits come from caffeine as well.  Coffee packs more of a punch with both caffeine and antioxidants, but you can simply drink more tea to catch up.

The good stuff:

1.  Protection from liver disease and cancer.  Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can cause damage to cells and can contribute to the development of some cancers.  The National Cancer Institute says the antioxidants in green tea may reduce tumor growth.

2.  Possibly decrease risk of dementia.  Caffeine stimulates brain activity and new studies show this may protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

3.  Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes.  Harvard University School of Public Health says that polyphenols from coffee or tea can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and hope improve insulin secretion and sensitivity.

4.  Cardiovascular disease.  Studies suggest the antioxidants may offer protective effects on the vascular system.

5.  Recent research shows that coffee and some teas can help boost the immune system.

The bad stuff:

Caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia, and irregular heartbeat.  Coffee can also irritate the digestive tract, bladder, and prostate.

The moral of the story.  Both coffee and tea can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, but this does not give you the green light to overindulge.  Moderation and balance in all parts of life!


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