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Health Benefits Tea versus Coffee

Today we give the argument a rest by discussing the health benefits of both the breakfast beverages-tea and coffee.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Feb 16, 2014

The Age-long Battle

Tea or coffee- the battle has been really old. Both the parties have their fans who don’t budge from their choice and argue irrefutably about the health benefits of their favourite drink. Today we give the argument a rest by discussing the health benefits of both the breakfast beverages. The battle is on: its tea versus coffee.

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Tea Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

Tea widens the key arteries of the heart and reduces the risk of clots. This in turn can potentially improve the blood flow around the body. It contains antioxidants called flavonoids which are believed to slow down the onset and risk of heart disease.

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Coffee Could Prevent Autoimmune Liver Disease

People, who drink coffee regularly, are at a reduced risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis- an autoimmune liver disease. PSC is an inflammatory disease of the bile ducts that results in inflammation and subsequent fibrosis that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and biliary cancer.

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Tea Hydrates the Body

Although water is the prime fluid for rehydrating the body after exercise or a long day in the office, some scientists believe that drinking tea could be equally useful. Although high in caffeine, tea is still great for hydration as it provides a rich and flavoursome source of water.

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Could prevent your liver from alcohol damage

A research suggests that heavy alcohol users who drink a lot of coffee could actually be protecting their livers! Heavy coffee consumption may protect against liver damage in men who drink alcohol, the study claimed.

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Tea prevents tooth decay

Believe it or not, a regular supply of tea can really strengthen your teeth and lower the risk of tooth decay. Tea is a great source of fluoride, which can bolster tooth enamel. The antioxidants contained within a cuppa have also been known to fight against bacteria and gum disease. So get slurping!

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Coffee Could Reduce Risk of Suicide

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reviewed data from three previous US studies. They found that the risk of suicide amongst adults, drinking several cups of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis, was about half compared to those who drank decaffeinated coffee, very little coffee or no coffee at all.

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Tea Boosts Memory Power

Many scientists believe that certain types of tea, such as green tea, can strengthen memory cells in the brain, and offer protection from the development of dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. No wonder old people drink so much tea!

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Coffee Reduces Liver Cancer Risk

Coffee consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40%, says a study by department of epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, and department of clinical sciences and community health, Universita degli Studi di Milan, Italy.

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Tea Helps You Slim Down

Some scientific studies have suggested that regular tea drinking can help to keep body fat down by speeding up the burning of calories. If nothing else, it’s less fattening than sipping on a soft drink.

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Smelling coffee could Release Stress

Researchers at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress. Now, we're not entirely sure if this means you should keep a bag of roasted coffee beans on your nightstand every night, but feel free to try! Well, both the beverages pose numerous health benefits and it is difficult to pick sides. We guess the battle will go on for some more years to come.

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