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Coffee and Tea: Health Benefits and Health Problems

Coffee is said to contain compounds that raise the activity of enzymes which may protect against colon cancer (consistent with animal studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry). Other health benefits of coffee include a lessened risk of developing Parkinsons Disease, help in relieving asthma signs, stopping tension headaches, and inhibiting the formation of gallstones.

In regards to the question of how much coffee or tea you need to benefit the answers is a bit confusing. While most everyone agrees that the caffeinated should only be taken in small amounts (a maximum of 3 cups of coffee a day) to avoid the addictive qualities of the caffeine, it's a bit more vague on how much herbal tea is recommended. Some say 10 cups a day, others say it is possible to experience the benefits with 3 cups a day.
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Having a hard time giving up your 4 cups of coffee daily? Evidence shows by switching to tea you can add some significant health benefits. The health benefit of drinking tea is chalked up to one explanation, antioxidants. Research shows that green and black teas have up to 8-10 times the antioxidants as vegatables and fruits which can add significantly to your health.

The research has found that regular tea drinkers - people who drink several cups per day - have less heart disease and cva, lower cholesterol levels, and they may recover from heart blasts faster. You can find these benefits in black, green, oolong and even iced teas! Beware of doctoring up your tea with an excessive amount milk because this has been found to decrease the antioxidants.

Don't lose hope coffee lovers! There are some teas out there that you may find match up to your love of coffee. For instance, Chai tea uses ginger and cardamom which overpowers the taste in the black tea but offers a rich, full bodied taste which is perfect for coffee consumers! Vanilla nut teas also tend to override the black tea taste for a richer flavor. Try some tea today to better your wellness!

©, 2005 Meri Raffetto
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Drinking tea or coffee with your meals can limit the amount iron (needed for red blood cells) and zinc (needed for immunity) you absorb from the food you're eating and from the supplements you take with your meals. This is because herbal tea and coffee contain caffeine and tannins.

Coffee has more caffeine than tea and (true) teas have more tannins than coffee. Aside from water, tea is the world's most popular beverage (green being the most common).

What differentiates the categories of tea is their degree of oxidation (this can be the process in which the tea leaf interacts with oxygen and turns dark). Black tea is oxidized, oolong tea is semi-oxidized, and green tea is not oxidized. All true teas come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis ("tea bush") and since it's the process, not the leaves, which determine the category of tea, the same plant can produce all 3 categories of tea. Rooibus, nicknamed "red tea", is a tisane rather than a tea, and comes from the leaves of an African legume rose bush. Red tea contains no tannins or caffeine. Herbal tea isn't technologically a tea either, rather it is made by steeping flowers, roots, leaves, or bark from any plant other than this tea bush. best coffee makers

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