Coffee or Tea: Which is Healthier?

Get a whiff of the health benefits brewing in these popular morning beverages.

Coffee VS. Tea: Which One Is Better For You?

Both coffee and tea have their fiercely loyal fans and each beverage has been touted with a long list of health and beauty benefits. But when it comes to java versus tea, is there truly a winner?

Coffee Benefits:

For many people, the mind-clearing bliss of that first sip in the morning is benefit enough. But while you enjoy your morning java, consider all you're gaining.

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Skin Cancer: Coffee may protect against skin cancer, according to one study, by absorbing harmful rays and promoting cell repair. Another study found that a cup a day lowered the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer by nearly 11 percent. Cellulite: Applied topically, caffeine (usually available in the highest doses in coffee) may help smooth cellulite. In one study, caffeine increased microcirculation, though the research is still tentative. Depression: A study found that drinking three cups of coffee daily lowered women’s relative risk of depression by 15 percent; 20 percent for those who nabbed a fourth cup.
Endrometrial Cancer: Consuming java lowers insulin and estrogen levels, lessening the risk of endometrial cancer.   Stress: Having a cup of Joe makes women more effective partners in a stressful situation (In the “OMG!” news category: caffeinated men were actually less helpful).
Type 2 Diabetes: Coffee may help you dodge type 2 diabetes. One UCLA study found that women who drank four cups of coffee per day were 56 percent less likely to develop the disease than non-drinkers.     Alzheimer's: Drinking coffee in midlife helps reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Parkinson's Disease: Research shows the caffeine in coffee is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease in men.    
Heart Disease: Drinking coffee may help your heart. A Dutch study found that moderate coffee drinkers (two to four cups daily) had a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who drank less or more than that amount.      

Indigestion: If java gives you heartburn, here’s good news: Researchers found that dark roasts contain a substance that inhibits production of stomach acid, making your espresso more tummy-friendly.


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