Posted on | February 2, 2012 |
5 Reasons Why Tea is More Beneficial Than Coffee
Between my part time law degree program and working full time, I used to consume quite a bit of coffee. But one day I decided that I had enough of the shaky hands and increased feelings of anxiety from all that caffeine, so I decided to swap my coffee for a much milder drink: tea.
I have never felt better! Tea also contains caffeine, so I am still able to maintain high energy levels, but because my tea has less, I can avoid the jittery stages of coffee-overload. My experience with tea led me to do a little online research into its benefits, and I was amazed to find some powerful reasons why tea is better than coffee.
Here are 5 great reasons why tea is better for you than coffee:
- Tea is Better for Your Teeth
While years of drinking coffee will inevitably stain your teeth, tea can actually have a reverse affect. Tea contains fluoride which helps protect and clean teeth, so drinking tea not only hydrates but can also brighten your smile!
- Tea is Better for Your Heart
As tea contains substantially less caffeine than coffee, tea can be much easier on your heart. What’s more, studies have shown that people who drink 3 to 4 cups of tea a day can reduce their chance of a heart attack and heart disease.
- Tea Has More Relaxing Affects
While coffee is known to increase anxiety and paranoia, tea is known for having more relaxing and sedative affects. A recent study showed that people who drank four cups of black tea a day for six weeks were found to have reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event.
- Tea is Less Addictive
Although both tea and coffee contain caffeine, tea contains substantially lesser amounts and so in turn is much less addictive than coffee. Regular coffee drinkers often struggle to get through their day without several cups where as tea generally doesn’t have nearly as an addictive affect.
- Tea Can Improve Your Breath
While coffee is notorious for causing bad breath, there is evidence that tea can actually help improve it! Properties in tea known as tea phenolics have been shown to help inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause excessive bad breath.
As you can see, tea is very good for you! Although coffee isn’t all bad and does have some redeeming qualities too, overall tea is usually a healthier choice.