Updated: Jan 6
Is tea healthier than coffee ?
Does tea have more caffeine than coffee ?
What are the benefits of drinking tea ?
If you have asked yourself one of these questions then the below article is for you !
I personally need a caffeine boost in the morning, but don't particularly enjoy too strong, too hot, coffee. It usually gives me too much heart palpitations, and tastes too sour... if that makes any sense. I end up adding a lot of milk making a rather average latte for my morning. So yes, I am a poor coffee drinker with zero knowledge on it !
However, I know my teas. I particularly enjoy a cup of Breakfast Tea or Earl Grey mid morning. After lunch, if I am working from home, I would continue with the same teas just for a good, warm feeling in my stomach. In the evening after dinner, we brew a whole teapot of chamomile, ginger or rooibos and drink it all throughout the night. It is part of our ritual, and it is something that I cherish a lot : our habit of drinking tea.
Now, for a more factual post, here is what you should know :
Tea, especially green tea, is a rich source of powerful antioxidants, more specifically, flavonoids. Flavonoids are bioactive compounds that can lessen oxidative stress and relieve inflammation. In other words, they help your body function more efficiently, preventing damage from daily toxins, pollution and stress.
Studies show that those who regularly consume tea, at least three times a day, are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. Tea’s ability to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have a high impact on the overall health of habitual tea drinkers.
Lower in caffeine than coffee, tea gives a smooth boost throughout the day, avoiding the “high/low buzz peaks” from coffee. The amount of caffeine in tea depends on its oxidation level : the more oxidized it is, the higher in caffeine it is. Hence, black tea has significantly more caffeine than green, and white tea has the least caffeine.