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Monday, May 26, 2014

Coffee Vs. Tea -- Which Is Better For Me?

The answer is that both coffee and tea are good for you. Coffee is by far the most popular drink of Americans, while tea is the second most popular drink, next to water, in the world.

Why are they good for you?

Both coffee and tea are rich in flavonoid antioxidants. Flavonoids come from plants, more precisely, from the part of the plant that gives it color. Flavonoids are known to have health benefits that include reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and stroke. Studies show they have strong antioxidant activity.

What antioxidants do for humans

Antioxidants help the body prevent cell damage from oxidation. The process of oxidation might be likened to the oxidation that produces rust on metal. Oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures. Foods rich in antioxidants help control that damage. The flavonoid antioxidants found in coffee and tea are particularly effective in doing their job in this area. Scientists have even discovered that certain flavonoids have antihistamine, antimicrobial, memory- and even mood-enhancing properties.

Tea has been shown in studies to lower cholesterol and lower the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Coffee is linked to lowering the risk of colon and liver cancer, Type II diabetes, and Parkinson's disease.

Note about caffeine: If caffeine keeps you awake or affects your health in other ways, you can always switch to decaffeinated coffee and tea.

Which one should you choose? This choice is entirely up to you!
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