Coffee drinkers tend to be fanatics about their morning beverage. As in: Must. Have. Coffee. Now. Tea drinkers, on the other hand, conjure images of gentility and decorum as they sip from delicate bone china cups in the late afternoon. Please pass the scones, dear. Because of this dichotomy -- the coffee addict vs. the refined tea sipper -- tea has often been touted as being the healthier beverage. But is it? Medical Daily rounded up the facts.

Pros of coffee:
Might reduce the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Might reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes.
The high caffeine content may help those with asthma by relaxing the lung's airways.
Caffeine can ease migraine headaches.
Coffee can help alleviate a hangover.

Pros of tea:
Tea is packed with antioxidants and potential cancer-fighting properties.
The polyphenol compounds in tea might aid in preventing cancer.
Tea has long been considered a therapeutic or medicinal drink that soothes and rejuvenates.
Tea may help reduce stress.

Cons of coffee and tea:
Since both coffee and tea contain caffeine, moderation is the key. Drink too much and you could experience increased anxiety, tachycardia, heart palpitations, insomnia, restlessness and nausea.
Tea contains fluoride, which is good for your teeth, but too much can increase your risk of brittle bones and osteofluorosis.

Bottom line: Both beverages are pretty good for you--as long as you don't spike them with sugar and high-fat cream. And while neither will help you live longer, they also won't increase your risk of dying earlier.


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