Score One for Coffee & Score Two for Tea
A recent study suggests that women who consume about 4 cups of caffeinated coffee daily had lower rates of depression. Because of the amount consumed by most Americans, coffee is also the number one source of anti-oxidants in our diet. Coffee is not “addictive” but you can develop a dependence on coffee and feel a “withdrawal headache” or lethargy for several days after you stop consuming it. Regular coffee consumption is associated with a longer life- mostly due to lowered risk of heart attacks and strokes possibly associated with the anti-oxidants it offers.
Teas are also rich in polyphenols and studies suggest they can support keeping blood vessels patent, preventing buildup of artery clogging plaque, and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. There is some suggestion that tea drinkers may have better heart health too. Tea, like coffee has caffeine. Herbal teas for the most part are caffeine free.