Tea and Coffee Are Really Good for Us
- Coffee should be Organic and shade-grown; drink it Black or with added coconut oil or MCT oil
- Tea should be Organic and grown in a non-polluted environment, drink it without milk, with lemon added if you like.
- No Sugar or artificial Sweeteners period.
Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, coffee drinkers had a 7% lower risk of heart failure and an 8% lower risk of stroke for each additional cup of coffee consumed per week.
Separate research linked coffee consumption to a lowered risk of heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes.
In the latter study, the largest risk reduction came from drinking 3-4 cups daily, but they suggested drinking more would likely benefit health, not harm it.
As for the human brain health, increased coffee and tea consumption was linked to a lower risk of glioma brain tumor, such that people in the top category of coffee consumption were 91% less likely to have glioma compared with those in the bottom category.
It may help brain function too, with research showing that drinking 1-2 cups of coffee daily may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, cognitive decline and cognitive impairment compared to drinking less than one cup.
Drinking coffee may even enhance long-term memory consolidation, and, if you drink the caffeinated variety, improve attention and alertness while decreasing your risk of depression.
Caffeine can be a 2-edged sword, with excess consumption causing adverse effects, and everyone’s tolerance to caffeine is unique.
However, most people naturally adjust their coffee consumption to avoid the jittery feeling that comes from too much caffeine.
Researchers wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine:”At low to moderate doses, caffeine has well-known psychostimulant effects such as improved psychomotor performance, increased vigilance, elevated arousal (lesser somnolence and greater activation), and increased sensations of well-being and energy.
The known effects of caffeine are dose-dependent, but typically biphasic, i.e. low doses are perceived as pleasant and stimulating whereas a reverse effect is observed with higher doses. Most individuals seem to adapt their caffeine consumption to their own tolerance, so that the habitual is within the range between reinforcing and averse effects.”
Many of the health benefits offered for coffee consumption can also be gained by drinking tea, so a case can be made for adding either, or both to our daily diet.
For instance, drinking Green Tea is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, as well as mortality due to heart disease.
Research also shows holistic benefits to Green Tea consumption, including lower blood pressure, oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
In terms of heart health, Green Tea improves both blood flow and the ability of our arteries to relax, with research suggesting a few cups of Green Tea each day may help prevent heart disease, and 1 of Green Tea’s claims to fame is the catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
Studies show EGCG can be helpful for the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack and stroke, in part due to its ability to relax your arteries and improve blood flow.
In addition, tea may also benefit the following:
- Type 2 Diabetes: One study found people who consume six or more cups of green tea daily had a 33 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than 1 cup per week.
- Weight Loss: There is some evidence that long-term consumption of Green Tea catechins is beneficial for burning fat and may work with other chemicals to increase levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis.
- Bone Health: Green Tea polyphenols combined with a form of vitamin D called alfacalcidol could boost bone structure and strength, according to a study in mice. The mixture may reverse damage to bones caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced chronic inflammation, which could in turn reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Vision Health: Catechins in Green Tea could help protect you against glaucoma and other eye diseases, as research found that the compounds travel from your digestive system into the tissues of the eyes. During the study, the catechins found in green tea were absorbed into various parts of the eyes anywhere from 30 mins to 12 hrs after rats were given Tea.
- Cancer: Green Tea components have been shown to down-regulate the expression of proteins involved in inflammation, cell signalization, cell motility and angiogenesis, while an association between green tea intake and decreased risk of cancers, including ovarian and breast has been reported. Previous research has shown that Green Tea polyphenols act on molecular pathways to shut down the production and spread of tumor cells. They also discourage the growth of the blood vessels that feed the tumors. EGCG even acts as an antiangiogenic and antitumor agent, and helps modulate tumor cell response to chemotherapy.
While most people can safely consume coffee and tea, if pregnant avoid both due to the caffeine. Not only has coffee consumption during pregnancy been linked to low birth weight babies, but also heart problems, and behavioral disorders in later life.
Coffee and Tea Do’s: Choose Organic, eliminate, sweeteners and dairy
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