Coffee and tea are our morning rituals, either to start a busy day or to relax and have a cozy drink.
Some of us need it to boost us awake, give us energy for the day; or even for a midday slump.
The special anti-oxidant compounds in both coffee beans and tea leaves confer so many great health benefits and give us many anti-aging protections.
Many of these special compounds can help prevent or delay onset of diseases that are on the increase for any age, which long-term helps you fight off aging.
Anti-Aging Compounds of Both Coffee and Tea
- Green tea reduces the neurological damage from oxidation which could prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; coffee may also help prevent or delay these chronic diseases by helping with mental focus.
- Coffee boosts brain activity and is more effective for our neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, also increasing better focus. This is due to compounds catechins and L-theanine which lower oxidative stress.
A new study from Journal of Aging, found tea helps boost more efficient communications between different parts of the brain, giving it better cognition and organization.
- Offers protection against liver disease and cancer, since the caffeine in coffee neutralizes free radical cells that degrade your cells, as seen in pre-mature aging. It is beneficial for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which has been on the increase. National Cancer Institute found green tea compounds may help reduce tumor growth.
- Coffee and Tea can help lower risk of type 2 Diabetes, and cardiovascular disease from its polyphenol content. The Harvard University School of Public Health research says it helps improve insulin secretion and sensitivity.
- They also have immune boosting properties, which decrease as we age, in both coffee, green and white tea compounds.
- Research published in the Journal of Natural Medicine, 2017, found caffeine could protect against age related inflammation, the cause of most chronic disease. There is a proven connection between inflammation and longevity.
- A study on black tea found links to preventing lung damage from smoking. It also protects from strokes and heart disease by helping blood vessels dilate when needed, which caffeine can do.
We all would like to be healthy as we age, for most of us do not want to be crippled or diseased and not able to enjoy life and our family!
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.