Coffee vs Tea

Tea

Coffee vs TeaWe always get contradictory information regarding the benefits of tea and coffee through different sources. Sometimes they will say drinking coffee is harmful for your body and after a while will change the tune and say it has good benefits. It goes for tea as well and we get confused with these revelations.

Also they side once with coffee and say drinking coffee is more beneficial than drinking tea and vice versa.  Basically Tea contains high levels of antioxidants, some of which are called polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins, and these neutralise “free radicals” in the body and prevent them from harming the healthy cells on board.

Is there any difference in benefits between different variety of teas:

  1. Higher quality teas may have more catechin antioxidants than lower quality teas.
  2. White tea has more antioxidants than any other tea.
  3. Green tea has more catechin antioxidants than black tea since black tea goes through more processing.
  4. Unfermented rooibos tea has more polyphenol antioxidants than fermented rooibos.
  5. Freshly brewed teas have more polyphenol antioxidants than instant or bottled teas.
  6. More researchers seem to agree that brewed (cold or hot) or caffeinated tea has more antioxidants than instant teas.

Some of the benefits proven through recent researches:

Green tea:

  1. Green tea could help stem esophageal cancer. (Harvard Medical School, 2004).Green and black tea can slow down the spread of prostate cancer (Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, 2004).

  2. Green tea and white tea fight colon cancer (Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University study, Carcinogenesis, 2003).
  3. Green tea consumption may lower stomach cancer risk (University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health study, International Journal of Cancer (Vol. 92: 600-604), 2001).
  4. Green and oolong teas reduce risk of hypertension (National Cheng Kung University study, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).
  5. A green tea component helps kill leukemia cells (Mayo Clinic, 2004).

Did You know: Green Tea Helps Prevent Periodontal Disease

According to a study just completed in Japan, daily intake of green tea helps reduce the risk of periodontal or gum disease. The study looked at nearly 1,000 middle-aged Japanese men who initially underwent periodontal exams. Follow up exams showed that those individuals who consumed the higher levels of green tea had a significant decrease in periodontal or gum disease. Those consuming at least one cup of green tea daily had the best results.

Previous research indicates that green tea catechins inhibit periodontal bacterial growth and also exert an antioxidant effect that inhibits inflammation.

Source: Dr Ray Strand

Other Tea:

  1. Study finds tea drinkers have lower blood pressure (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004).
  2. Tea may lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease (Journal of Nutrition, 2003).
  3. Black tea may lower “bad” cholesterol (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, 2003).
  4. Tea consumption may help heart disease patients (Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association, 2001).
  5. Tea may protect against cancer caused by smoking. (Journal of Nutrition, 2003).
  6. Hot tea may lower risk of some skin cancers (University of Arizona study, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention (Vol. 9, No. 7), 2001).
  7. Tea believed to boost the body’s defenses (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2003)
  8. Drinking tea might delay Alzheimer’s Disease (Newcastle University’s Medicinal Plant Research Centre study, Phytotherapy Research, 2004).

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Coffee

A growing body of research shows that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers , are

More Benefits from Coffee:

  1. According to the Institute of Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, coffee is the main basis of antioxidant consumption for Americans and Black tea and bananas came in second and third place, respectively. Surprisingly, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee provide similar amounts of antioxidants.
  2. According to The National Research Council on Diet and Health, metabolic rates will be highest during the first three hours following coffee consumption. Studies also show that coffee is very beneficial in losing weight. Common misconception is that coffee is an appetite suppressant, but  your morning cup can significantly speed up metabolism by about 10 percent. As long as  you skip the added sugars, syrups, and whipped toppings found in many store-bought coffee drinks.
  3. According to WebMD, coffee drinkers are 50 percent less likely to get liver cancer. By drinking 2 cups per day, you’re also slashing your risk of getting colon cancer by 25 percent. Some studies have also found ties to lower rates of breast and skin cancers as well.
  4. WebMD also asserts that coffee contains chemicals that lower blood sugar. Heavy coffee drinkers are half as likely to get diabetes as light to non-coffee drinkers. 1-3 cups per day can reduce the risk for diabetes by single digits, but people who drink 6 cups or more per day can slash their chances by up to 54 percent.
  5. We all know that one of the biggest cons of drinking coffee is a stained smile, but according to a 2009 article published in the Wall Street Journal, people who drink coffee are less likely to have cavities. Roasted coffee beans have antibacterial effects against microorganisms like Streptococcus, which play a hand in causing tooth decay.
  6. Did you know that caffeine is one of the main ingredients in migraine medication like Excedrin Migraine? WebMD explains that blood vessels increase in size during a migraine– caffeine works to decrease the size of blood vessels before they can affect nerves in the brain. So, drinking coffee in the early stages of a headache can help minimize the severity later on.

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