A hot cup of coffee can perk you up in the morning. A soothing cup of tea can help you relax after a stressful day. And the latest research about the health benefits of each might help you feel a little better about them, whichever beverage you drink.
Coffee is great for that quick jolt of energy, making it extremely popular first thing in the morning. You feel the effects almost instantly, as the caffeine is quickly absorbed into your system. Tea, on the other hand, offers more of a “slow burn” sustained energy boost. You already know it has less caffeine than coffee, so the effect on your body is less dramatic.
Coffee - Short Term Boost (Exercising)
Tea - Long Term Energy (Studying, Work)
Tea boosts your memory
Studies found that green tea extract and L-theanine can produce memory improvements in people suffering from mild cognitive impairments.
Tea lowers stress hormone levels
Black tea has been shown to reduce the effects of a stressful event. Participants in a study experienced a 20% drop in cortisol, a stress hormone, after drinking 4 cups of tea daily for one month.
Tea can increase energy and mental focus
Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which a 2008 study in Nutrition Bulletin found can improve mood, cognitive function and physical performance.
Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s
Unfortunately, scientists haven’t been able to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia. But a healthy Paleo lifestyle, along with some coffee, can help. Multiple studies found that drinking coffee can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s significantly.
Reduces risk of Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is another devastating neurodegenerative disease without a known cure. Researchers found that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of developing the disease than those who don’t, but only if they drink caffeinated coffee.
Grabbing that extra tea or coffee in the afternoon is tempting. Just be careful. Cutting yourself off at least six or seven hours before your bedtime is a good call.
It’s a bit easier to overdo it with coffee because each cup has more caffeine than the same amount of tea. Researchers at the University of Surrey found that
Tea drinkers tended to have an easier time falling asleep than coffee drinkers.
But there shouldn’t be an issue for you as long as you give your body enough time to process all the caffeine before you wind down – no matter what you drink.
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