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Tea vs Coffee

 

 

Tea and coffee are the most popular hot drinks in the world, so it's only natural that there's a big rivalry between the two. When talking about tea, its health benefits are usually mentioned; on the other hand, coffee companies often emphasize the energizing effect that it has. Below is some information comparing the two beverages:
 

Health Benefits

Coffee has just one real claim to fame—its caffeine content. Granted, caffeine is useful in alleviating asthma by helping relax the airways in the lungs. But that's about the extent of its practicality for health purposes.

By contrast, tea is known for its abilities to fight both cancer and heart disease. There are two types of teas, black and green, which are essentially the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference is that black tea leaves are fermented; green are not. Teas of both varieties contain polyphenols, a class of flavonoids.  These compounds function as powerful antioxidants that can protect your body from free radical stress. The most notable of these is quercetin, well known for its ability to temper allergic reactions and interrupt the oxidation of LDL, or "bad," cholesterol. Quercetin can also be very useful in helping to fight and prevent cancer. Apples and onions are some of the other foods that contain quercetin in high amounts. Green tea may prevent cancer, restrict blood cholesterol, control high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, suppress aging, deter food poisoning prevent and treat skin disease, stop cavities and fight viruses.

Coffee, no strong results suggest that coffee may enhance health as greatly as Tea does. But it does help in combating drowsiness, temporarily boosting athletic performance, easing congestion due to colds and flu,  preventing asthma attacks and enhancing the pain-relieving effects of aspirin. So, one can safely conclude that Tea, especially Green Tea offers great health advantages in long term over Coffee.

 

Medicinal Uses

Tea

  1. To cure loose motions: Lemon tea with biscuits made of husk in two to three doses.
  2. To decrease Obesity:  Honey tea first thing in the morning.
  3. To cure fire burns: Covering the burnt part with a cloth soaked in cold black tea [no milk, no sugar] and replacing and repeating every half an hour.
  4. To remove Phlegm in the body: Basil / black pepper / ginger tea
  5. To cure windy troubles: After light lunch, take black tea [very little sugar and milk, if a must for any individual to relish tea].
  6. Tea as Skin-care Lotion: Apply strained tea leaves on face with very little sugar added to it and leave it to dry. Then remove them by massaging face. After 15 minutes just wash face with lukewarm limewater. This is also effective treatment to remove wrinkles from face.
  7. To cure Lethargy and Sleepiness: A cup of hot black tea.
  8. Tea leaves as Mosquito Repellant: Dried up strained tea leaves can be sprinkled on to coal furnace or ‘Angithi’.
  9. Use of tea leaves in gardening: Add strained tea leaves / powder to soil and it is very good manure. It is being practiced by me with pronounced result for all kind of plants and especially very good for flower plants.
  10. Tea leaves solution as Beauty aid: Add a little of tea leaves water to henna soaked in water to leave better marks on palm.

Coffee

  1. Diarrhoea: A hot cup of coffee generates constipation due to caffeine. Having light coffee twice or thrice a day will stop loose motions.
  2. Extreme Cold condition: Adding a few drops of brandy in a cup of coffee cures all the congestion in the lungs. This combination is especially good for persons suffering from pneumonia or bronchitis.
  3. Coffee as energizer: When one is extremely tired and fails to get sleep, a cup of hot coffee mixed with a spoon of honey will energize the body to relax it.


Caffeine Kick

Tea: Tea has approximately 55 milligrams of caffeine per cup. Various teas contain different amounts of caffeine. Green tea contains the least, about one-third the caffeine as black and oolong about two-thirds as much. The caffeine in tea is said to increase concentration, and enhance the sense of taste and smell. The effect of caffeine in tea usually takes longer to enter the blood stream than coffee therefore, seems gentler to the system. About 80% of the caffeine in black tea can be removed easily at home

Coffee: Coffee has approximately 125-185 milligrams of caffeine per cup. The caffeine in coffee is sometimes associated with a lift followed by a letdown. The effects of the caffeine in coffee are immediate and sometimes arouse feelings of anxiety known as "coffee jitters". Many varieties of decaffeinated coffees are available on the market today. Note: Studies have shown that tea or coffee drunk in moderation (two [it reported] cups of coffee a day and four or five cups of black tea) has no harmful effects.

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