Tea or Coffee? Science Says They’re BOTH Good for Your Heart

Posted: July 24, 2010 in food, health, nutrition, physical therapy, Sports Medicine, Uncategorized, Weight Loss
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By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: July 22, 2010

It’s the constant battle – tea or coffee? Caffeine is bad for you, right? Tea is better for cleansing, while coffee just gives you a buzz? But what if I like the taste of coffee better? And I can’t do without my morning Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino!

Whoa, whoa, whao – slow down! The good news is whichever you prefer, new research says that BOTH coffee and tea are good for your heart.

With the ever increasing addiction to caffeine, many wonder if the substance offers any health benefit or simply harm to your body. Increased consumer consumption of both products has caused increased research interest in the potential health benefits and hazards of caffeine.

A recent study from the Netherlands suggests that tea and coffee may support heart health, a significant concern among both men and women worldwide. The study examined 37,514 participants’ questionnaire responses regarding their daily coffee and tea consumption. Over the study’s 13 years, 1,881 incidences of cardiovascular disease were reported, with 563 strokes and 1,387 cases of coronary heart disease.

According to the study’s findings, consuming between three and six cups of tea a day may reduce the risk of death from heart disease by about 45%. In addition, the study suggests that drinking coffee may offers similar heart benefits; up to a 20% reduction in heart disease risk with 2-4 cups consumed daily.

Black tea was the most commonly consumed tea among the study’s participants. The benefits to the heart have been attributed to the antioxidant properties found in tea and coffee. In particular, health benefits have been linked to flavonoids found in teas.  These studies were published in the Journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

One of the limitations of this study was that researchers were relying upon self-reported consumption data. Additional research is needed to fully understand not only consumption levels and their links to health status, but of the potential health benefits of caffeine as consumed via tea and coffee.

So, go ahead – brew or steep to your heart’s content!

Life is a sport. Get Strong! Stay Strong!

Chris

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