Benefits — Yes, Benefits — Of These Drinks
If you drink tea a lot of people assume you are someone who takes good care of yourself. If you drink coffee, on the other hand, you may often have people tell you that you should back off your coffee drinking because they’ve heard it’s bad for your health. The truth, according to research, is that both of these popular beverages have very significant health benefits… with a few caveats we’ll detail later in this article.
Just as eating food that’s “bad for you” can lead to health problems, the beverages you drink can also impact your health significantly, so you should hold your beverage choices to the same standards as foods you are willing to eat… stay away from those that can be harmful, and try to eat and drink items that are of benefit.
As a simple guideline, soda is considered about the worst thing you can drink, and water is the best thing you can drink, and it’s also been found to be the best way to quench your thirst and the best support for good health.
For the times when you really want to sip on something that’s not water, tea and coffee are both now
considered to be healthy beverages, with a few caveats we will get into later, as previously noted.
Tea — especially Green Tea — has been linked to a reduced risk of:
And Tea is also linked to improvements in:
abdominal obesity and
Coffee has been linked to reduced risk of:
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
And coffee has also been found to have benefits for brain health. Specifically, Coffee’s been linked to lower risk of:
Glioma brain tumor (people in top category of coffee drinkers had 91% less chance of glioma compared to those in the bottom category)
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, cognitive decline and cognitive impairment reduced in those who drank 1 to 2 cups per day compared to those drinking less than one cup/day.
Drinking coffee has also been found to possibly even enhance long-term memory consolidation, and if you drink caffeinated coffee it has been linked to improved attention and alertness, and decreasing depression.
One of the caveats on coffee drinking is its well-known ability to over-stimulate people who drink more than their body can handle without getting those overstimulated symptoms. However, it has been found that since those over-stimulated symptoms are unpleasant, the result is that most people settle in at the right amount of coffee in a day for them. It’s sort of self-regulating it seems.
Now to some additional health benefits of tea not listed before.
Tea has also been found to reduce one’s risk of Glioma brain tumors. And green tea has also been found to reduce mortality from all causes, as well as mortality due to heart disease. Green tea improves both blood flow and the ability of your arteries to relax, which some research has indicated a few cups of green tea per day may help prevent heart disease. Green tea is famous for catechin epigalloctechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG can be helpful in preventing arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack, and stroke — partially due to its ability to relax the arteries and improve blood flow.
In addition to all this, tea may also benefit:
Type 2 Diabetes — one study found those who drank 6 or more cups of green tea per day had a 33% lower risk of Type 2 diabetes than those who drank less than one cup per week.
Weight Loss — There is some evidence that long-term consumption of green tea catechins is of benefit in burning fat and may also 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 strength and structure according to a study in mice. The mixture may also reverse damage to bones caused by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced chronic inflammation, which could in turn reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Vision Health — Green Tea Catechins could help protect against glaucoma and other eye diseases, since research has found that the compounds travel from the digestive system into the eye tissues. In the study, the catechins were found in various parts of the rats’ eyes from 30 minutes to 12 hours after the rats were given green tea.
Cancer — Green Tea components have been shown to “downregulate the expression of proteins involved in inflammation cell signalization, cell motility and angiogenesis, which an association between green tea intake and decreased risk of cancers (including ovarian and breast cancers) have been reported”. Other research has found that green tea polyphenols act on molecular pathways to shut down the production and spread of tumor cells.
Other types of teas have other benefits:
Green & Black Teas: for your gut
Oolong Tea for weight management and heart health
Hibiscus Tea for overall health
Matcha Tea for antioxidant boost.
The caveats: in addition to avoiding drinking so much coffee you get overstimulated, experts suggest drinking organic teas and coffees, and not adding dairy and sugar to the beverages. And if you are pregnant, avoid both coffee ad tea due to the caffeine. Plus coffee has been linked to low birth weight babies.
If you're one of the many people who like to make your coffee or tea with Willard's Water, or just add some Willard's Water to them, that's fine. Willard's Water is fine to add to any non-carbonated beverages, and some people like to get their Willard's Water in something other than water at times, and many people say adding WW to coffee makes the coffee taste less acidic.