I’ve loved coffee since forever, but lately I’ve noticed a craving for tea in its place. Pretty sure it stemmed from a serious coffee overload that left me feeling anxious and blah all day. After that, I found myself reaching for breakfast tea instead of my usual espresso in the a.m. I definitely noticed a drop in alertness, as drinking my normal 2 cups of tea wasn’t providing the same rush of (welcomed!) java energy. This got me thinking about the benefits of both, and which one suited me more.
Benefits of coffee: It’s said to improve brain function (like memory and reaction time), it contains essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium plus TONS of antioxidants, and coffee drinkers are shown to be less affected by type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even depression. Most of the studies back up those claims when people are drinking 2-4 cups a day and not more, FYI.
Benefits of tea: Tea is wonderful because there is variety—different levels of caffeine and benefits—but these are the general plus-sides: lots of antioxidants, can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, boosts immune system, aids with weight loss and digestion (especially green tea), and protects your bones. Plus, it’s hard to feel too hyped up after drinking tea.
One thing that stuck out to me—and I can 100% attest to this, as I mentioned in this post—is that tea drinkers tend to have an easier time falling and staying asleep. It’s likely from the lower dose of caffeine, but still interesting. Also, I found that tea is more likely to stain your teeth! Shocking, yea?
At the end of the day, both options have loads of benefits if you aren’t over-doing it (like drinking 5+ cups a day) and some downsides. It really depends on what you want or need from your caffeine boost. If you need the extra alertness in the morning, coffee probably suits you better, but if you’re naturally a morning person and would rather fall asleep faster, take the tea.
I personally will be sticking to tea, but will never pass up a cup of Joe during a leisurely weekend brunch!
Are you a coffee fiend or tea sipper?