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Coffee vs. Tea - Which One Has More Health Benefits?

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published November 24th 2015
There are plenty of myths surrounding these two beverages enjoyed on a daily basis all around the world. Whether you are a tea loyalist or part of the coffee crew, it is likely you've criticized at a certain point in time a friend's choice of beverage based on an errant fact you've picked up from somewhere.

The debate over the benefits of coffee and tea and whether or not one is healthier than the other has been going on for years. While there might not ever be a definitive answer, there are certainly some facts that prove the value of both drinks.

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Green tea cup - Shutterstock/5 second Studio

Tea health benefits

It can be quite strange to think that your daily pick-me-up can actually offers longer-term health benefits. However, both coffee and tea possess some surprisingly amazing powers to keep you fit and fighting for years to come.

For example, scientific research has revealed that when tested on rats, mice and human cells, tea can have many positive results. Among them, the leaves are supposed to help prevent blood clotting, to reduce cholesterol levels, and help with inflammation. Some studies even relate the tea drinking habit to a diminished risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases as well as to the prevention of some cancers.

In fact, some data resulting from cancer studies performed in the UK shows that green tea can stop cancer cells from growing, although evidence for this is not yet conclusive.

What is also surprising is that tea can actually help to rehydrate you, despite the common misconception that it does the opposite.

Tea can also be an effective combatant of stress. A study from University College London has shown that men who drink black tea regularly will have lower levels of stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a traumatic event.

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Coffee cup - Shutterstock/portumen

Coffee health benefits

However, coffee has its share of health benefits as well! For example, some studies show that it can help to minimize the risk for liver and colon cancer. Coffee was proved to help also with preventing other health conditions like gout, type II diabetes and Parkinson's disease. These tests are not yet fully conclusive though.

Against the contrary belief that coffee keeps you awake at night, it has been suggested that some of the chemicals found in the beans could be used to help battle insomnia.

Many of us choose to drink a cup of coffee in the morning as it makes us feel more awake and ready for the day. Studies have revealed that drinking coffee can help to improve short-term memory and enhance reaction times. For students, this could make coffee perfect for a pre-lecture drink, however the greatest evidence of these benefits was seen in elderly people.

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