The experience of the over-caffeinated jitters is enough to leave anyone wondering whether or not coffee or tea can possibly have health benefits. In fact, wisdom such as “Too much coffee will stunt your growth!” has been passed down between worrying parents for so long that the unhealthy reputation seems impossible to reverse. Luckily, there are several studies that do just that.
In fact, there are so many studies that most new research on the health benefits of both coffee and tea is in the form of a meta-analysis. A meta-analysis is basically what it sounds like: an analysis of an analysis. In the case of research, this means an analysis of several studies that research the same thing.
When it comes to which beverage is better for you, both have a host of benefits. Both coffee and tea are associated with reducing the risk for depression, heart disease, liver disease and stroke. However, there are subtle differences that may make both good options to introduce into your daily routine.
Breaking down the statistics for the health benefits of coffee reveals that to reap the rewards of coffee drinking, having two to five cups (what is considered a moderate amount) a day is best.
A Harvard study shows that for women just two cups a day could potentially reduce the risk of depression by 15 percent. Another specific benefit for women is the lowered risk of endometrial cancer, linked to the consumption of both decaffeinated and regular coffee.
A meta-analysis of 11 different studies revealed that this amount is also ideal for reducing the chance of strokes. Furthermore, two or three cups may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This moderate amount of coffee is also the sweet spot for having the lowest risk of cardiovascular problems.
Drinking two or three cups of tea seems to be the best option for boosting the health benefits. This amount may reduce the risk for depression by a full 37 percent. One study found that women who drink 2.5 cups of tea a day had a reduced risk for rectal cancer by 60 percent. Women can also benefit from drinking green tea as it slows breast cancer growth.
Furthermore, tea boasts a variety of types. Different kinds of tea have benefits to suit your personal needs. In a simple sense, a basic tea variety set may have a sleepytime, chamomile tea alongside an energizing green tea variety. Mixing up the different types of tea you drink means that you can add the antioxidant boost from matcha alongside the reduced risk ofcoronary heart disease from black tea.
Coffee and tea undoubtedly have a strong place cross-culturally. In America alone, 83 percent of adults are coffee drinkers. The United States also boasts the second place spot to China, which racks up 90 million dollars in annual sales in the retail market for tea. That being said, adding the beverage that suits your tastes and needs in a moderate amount is certainly worth a try.
The graphic below is a simple summary of just a few of the health benefits between the drinks.