Coffee and tea are two of the most common drinks found throughout the world. And both options have similar characteristics - they both contain caffeine and antioxidants, and they both can give you increased energy.
Because they seem relatively similar to one another, it can be difficult to figure out which option is best for you. To help you decide, I've come up with a list of their differences and similarities.
Previous studies have shown that drinking a moderate amount of coffee (about 2-5 cups daily) can help fight inflammation because it's high in antioxidants. It may also help lower risks for certain diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Consuming caffeine can lead to a bigger buzz and boost of energy but may also fade quicker as the day goes on.
It's recommended that you avoid drinking caffeine at least 6 hours before you sleep to avoid sleep disruptions.
In excess amounts, coffee may cause anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, or nausea.
Tea contains L-theanine - a chemical that metabolizes caffeine, allowing it to provide a more sustained boost in energy. Combining caffeine and L-theanine improves both your attention and cognitive performance.
Green tea and black tea both contain L-theanine, but green tea has 6.56 mg compared to the 5.13 mg in black tea.
A variety of teas have been shown to help boost the immune system, fight inflammation, help protect your bones, and lower your risk for certain diseases.
Tea can help hydrate your body, but drinking too much tea (more than 6 cups daily) may actually lead to dehydration, anxiety, stress, headaches, and problems sleeping.
When trying to decide which one is right for you, keep in mind your own limits and make sure to limit the amount of caffeine you have.
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