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Coffee or Tea: Which Drink is Right For You?

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Coffee or Tea: Which Drink is Right For You?

By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor

Do you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur or a green tea devotee?

Both beverages carry their own set of research-backed benefits that may help you maintain your energy and health.

These advantages are helpful to know if you’re having trouble deciding which drink to down.

Snag a green tea bag if you want to:

  • Enhance your endurance and slim down: If you’re a fitness fanatic, you may want to swap out your supplement powder for matcha—a finely ground form of green tea. Japanese researchers have linked regular consumption of green tea extract (GTE) to an increase in exercise endurance. A different study found that people who consumed GTE while following a moderate exercise program lost more abdominal fat than those who relied on exercise alone.
  • Live longer: Becoming a daily drinker of tea may extend your lifespan, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study authors found a connection between regularly drinking green tea (5 cups or more per day) and a reduction in risk of death from all causes.
  • Duck dentures: Green tea may help keep your teeth and gums healthy, according to a Japanese study that found that gulping more than one cup of tea per day helped prevent gingivitis and tooth loss.
  • Free yourself from free radicals: Green tea is king of the antioxidants—substances that help guard cells against the detrimental effects of free radicals. More than any other type of tea or coffee, green tea has by far the most cancer-fighting antioxidants (called polyphenols).
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8:37PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

thank you

4:49AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

I like 'em both. Maybe I'll be heart healthy and mentally OK. :)

8:34AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

I drink both, I don´t think you have to leave one for the other, it is ridiculous.

1:13PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

i love them both! coffee gives me heartburn but i dont care! lol

9:13PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

honestly, i am coffee addict. My morning begins with a cup of coffee. My friends are encouraging me to drink less, but I can't. I love that smell and that wonderful taste. I can't resist :D Also, I love green tea very much, but....coffee is definitely the answer.

6:39PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Coffee

9:56AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Never having been a lover of green tea, but enjoy black tea, I decided that I had to find a way to incorporate both.
Since, I make a whole pot of tea on a regular basis (for iced tea), I decided to start out using mostly black tea bags with a few green tea bags. Eventually, I made the transformation to mostly green tea bags with a few black tea bags.
It worked.
Actually, I like the flavor of hibiscus tea, so I added it as well. By the way, hibiscus is good for blood pressure. I had to buy a tea ball for the loose hibiscus tea, since, these tea bags are not easily found. If it is too strong, add cold water at the end.

It appears that many teas can be blended, which hadn't occurred to me, at the onset.

8:22AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

I drink coffee....I love it and it doesn't bother my digestion or mess up my sleep habits. With lots of water in between!

10:04PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Never could drink coffee. Can't even stand the smell of it. Love my cup of tea in the morning. Not green tea though. Don't like that at all. Just leaves a really bad after taste or something. I have tried and tried to like it but I can't. So just one cup of of tea every morning. Thx for the interesting post.

5:53PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Coffee in the morning (chocolate almond milk- yum) and tea in the afternoon- I guess I intake more caffeine than I really should- but it keeps me going!

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