What do you do first thing in the morning, once out from under the blanket? Brew yourself some coffee or tea. Researchers are constantly talking to us about the benefits of both one and the other drink. But still: which one is more useful for you? This is determined by the purpose for which you drink them.
Goal No. 1: You need a shake-up
Says associate Professor of the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Laura Klein, the effects of caffeine begins clearly to be felt in 10 minutes after getting into human body. Caffeine promotes the production of hormones that have a stimulating effect, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. But what is the difference between coffee from tea? According to the Mayo Clinic in eight ounces of tea (240 ml) contains an average of from 14 to 61 mg of caffeine. As for coffee, the same amount contains 95 mg of caffeine.
Your choice: coffee.
Goal # 2: do You want to stay healthy
In 2009 in the journal “Archives of Internal Medicine” published the results pretty interesting studies showing that those who drink 4 cups of coffee a day are 30% less likely to suffer from diabetes mellitus type 2 in comparison with the “covetable”. But that’s not all: those who drink at least 3 cups of coffee daily reduces the risk of cancer of the skin by 9% compared to those who drink coffee only on major holidays (or rather, less than 1 time per month).
But tea, especially green, in this aspect is not inferior to the coffee. It is well known that antioxidants in green tea contribute to the restoration of shattered immunity. The protagonist here is epigallocatechin gallate, an antioxidant, “pozarastali” white blood cells to fight viruses. Catechins contained in green tea are powerful antioxidants. Plus, they help protect against prostate cancer.
Your choice: both beverages are equal.
Goal No. 3: are You planning to lose a couple extra pounds
As the Americans say: for you have good news. Caffeine performed well in the case of a moderate decrease in appetite. And here is the latest info: according to a recent publication in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” daily consumption of green tea is able to remove from your waist is a whole inch (2.5 cm approx. transl.) in just 12 weeks. This gyrosigma effect of tea is bound already mentioned, EGCG and also caffeine, which shoulder to shoulder, forcing fat cells to literally sweat running in them processes of metabolism to the fullest, in which the latter diminish and disappear. And muscle cells, in contrast, are activated without harmful consequences.
Your choice: tea.
Goal No. 4: You want to “disappoint”
On the background of fat burning effect of tea, coffee has the advantage in terms of muscle mass. According to a study published in the journal “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise”, people who drink 2.5 cups of coffee a few hours before running, add 9% to its usual distance, which they defeat without “refueling” of coffee. Why is this happening? Caffeine stimulates your muscles, which are under his influence may be reduced more intensively.
Your choice: coffee.
Goal No. 5: You want to cheer yourself up
When UK scientists decided to cheat notorious coffee drinkers, putting them decaf, they got amazing result: no change physical and mental functions of participants! Scientists have attributed this to too strong associations between coffee and energy that instinctively causes us to expect from coffee wonders in terms of raising vitality.
But the action of tea in this case is still useful: it calms our nerves. Lovers of Jasmine and lavender tea, for example, experience a reduction in heart rate from just one smell of this drink.