10 Fascinating Facts About Coffee vs. Tea
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Coffee or Tea?
Long have coffee and tea-drinkers feuded over which is the better beverage. In the face of this generations-long debate, will one side ever be declared the winner? Can one beverage truly be considered to be superior to the other? Here, we’ll show you 10 fascinating facts about the effects of coffee and tea on your health.
1. Coffee can help protect against various cancers: skin cancer by promoting cell repair, and endometrial cancer by lowering insulin and estrogen levels.
2. In one 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee was shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
3. Coffee has been shown to constrict the blood vessels in the brain, and has actually been used to ease migraines.
4. Though research is tentative, drinking coffee in midlife has been shown to lessen the possibility of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
5. Feeling blue? Drinking three cups of coffee a day has also been shown to lower the risk of depression in women by 15%; women who drank four cups of coffee a day had their risk of depression lowered by 20%.
6. Antioxidants in green tea shrink fat cells, contributing to weight loss, lowering cholesterol and helping prevent blocked arteries.
7. Coffee energizes muscle activity, boosting heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn allows you to work out more vigorously.
8. The antioxidants in tea can help strengthen weak immune systems, protect against skin damage, neutralize cancer-causing free radicals, and even repair liver damage caused by alcohol.
9. Green tea, in particular, is rich with the antioxidant EGCG, which recharges the white blood cells that prevent viruses from reactivating.
10. In one study, jasmine and lavender tea drinkers experienced a decreased heart rate from simply smelling their favorite tea.
Perhaps the most fascinating finding is that coffee not only has a higher caffeine content than tea, but also diffuses caffeine quicker into the bloodstream.
In other words, coffee energizes, and tea soothes: and believe it or not, both applications have great health benefits.
So while we’re no closer to declaring a winner in the coffee-vs.-tea debate, we hope you will, at least, keep sipping from your mug with the knowledge that you’re doing your body good.
Last Updated on March 29, 2022