By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
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).