many of you may already be dedicated coffee or tea drinkers so you might be happy to know that there are many healthy advantages to your habits whether you prefer the roasted beans or the dried leaves or both! and for those of you struggling with true addiction…don’t worry, many of the health benefits are recorded when drinkers are downing 4 or more cups a day…
Coffee Drinker Benefits and Facts
from Natural Awakenings
• more than 70% of adults drink coffee daily in the U.S.
• Alzheimer prevention: “may slow or stop the formation of beta-amyloid plaque”- University of South Florida, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
• Cancer prevention: “antioxidants may lower risk of hormonally related cancers”- University of Mass, Nutrients
• Diabetes prevention: helpful in long term creation of hormones assisting in blood sugar control and insulin production – Kyushu University, Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
• Stroke Prevention: “up to 4 cups [maximum] a day may lower risk of stroke” – Kyung Hee University, Korean Journal of Family Medicine
• Cancer prevention: A 2009 review of 51 green tea studies found that sipping three to five cups a day may lower the risks of ovarian, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, but not breast or other cancers, says lead author Katja Boehm, research fellow at the Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany. As for black tea, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) deems it “possibly effective” for reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, and “possibly ineffective” for lowering the risk of stomach and colorectal cancers.
• Brain benefits: Downing from one to four cups of black or green tea a day has been linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to the NIH.
• Heart help: “Drinking tea may be helpful in preventing or delaying certain risk factors of cardiovascular disease, and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides,” says McKay. One Japanese study found that adults who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had a 26% reduction in death from heart attack or stroke compared with those who had one cup or less; the effect was greater in women than in men.
• Green tea has the most antioxidants, 5x what black tea has
• Herbal Teas are decaffeinated, but don’t have as many antioxidants (they are still beneficial though! And may be a more balanced option if caffeine tends to send your energy levels haywire.)
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