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For the love of Caffeine!

For the love of Caffeine!

  • January 22, 2019
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70% of the Indians rely on tea or coffee to get their day started. These drinks have become a an essential part of our life, sometimes they are simply a morning ritual and sometimes it is way to welcome and host our guests.

The medicinal properties of tea and coffee are never underrated; hence it
has reached the level of popularity. Tea and coffee contain active ingredients known as catechin and caffeine respectively which are anti-oxidants that help in preventing cell damage. All types of tea contain anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits.

5 Benefits from Coffee and Tea

  • Protection against liver disease and cancer. Coffee has high amount of antioxidants in it, which helps in preventing premature aging and cancer also green tea helps in restring tumor growth. It is also helpful
    in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease reducing the risk of liver cancer.
  • Possible decreased risk of dementia. Caffeine in tea and coffee is found to activate the brain activity and the researchers have found that it is helpful in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia.
  • Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. Recent researches have also shown that the presence of polyphenols in tea and coffee can help in decreasing the chances of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Protection from cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants help in reducing the excess free radicals in the plasma reducing which helps in the preventing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Immune-boosting properties. According to recent research, coffee, white teas, and green teas can help boost the immune system.

How much is enough?

It is rightly said, anything in excess is poison, tea/coffee also should be consumed in a specific quantity i.e. 2-3 cups/day. You may want to cut back if you’re drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee/tea a day if you’re experiencing side effects such as:

  • Migraine headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Frequent urination or inability to control urination
  • Stomach upset
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle tremors

People who are not a regular caffeine drinker have lesser tolerability to it and might experience the above listed side effects in lesser quantity intake too. Also the factors like genetics, body mass, age, medication use and some of the neurological health disorders like anxiety can make you caffeine sensitive.

Avoid mixing caffeine with other substances, such as alcohol or with certain medications. Caffeine intake should be avoided and should be limited in case of adolescents.

What are the alternatives?

  • Coconut water
  • Chamomile tea
  • Peach tea
  • Lemon water
  • Ginger tea
  • Matcha tea (contains higher percentage of anti-oxidants)
  • Fennel infusion tea
  • Green tea

Moderation is the key

It is imperative to cut down excessive intake of caffeine in the body. Tea and coffee are beneficial for our body if consumed in proper amounts.

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