In the ranking of the most consumed beverages in the world, after the humble and indispensable water, silver and bronze correspond to tea and coffee. Lovers of these stimulating drinks have spent years debating which of the two is better and more beneficial to health. Although we tend to think that the substances contained in coffee or tea are different, since we call them caffeine or theine , the reality is that they are not: it is the same substance , but originating from different plants. But, if we look only at the health level, what is the healthiest option

First of all, it should be mentioned that, despite being the same substance, its effects at the level of the human organism can be different thanks to the rest of the components of each plant as a whole. Both help us stay awake, active, and rejuvenated . Tea is related more as the elixir necessary to lose weight, while coffee is considered the source of concentration and vitality. Therefore, drinking coffee is linked to more active and nervous people , while the consumption of tea is associated with more spirited and calm people . Although the beneficial effect of both plants is proven in both cases.
It should also be noted that although coffee consumption is more common in countries like Spain or the US, the number of followers of tea is increasing.considerably and its consumption has not stopped increasing in the last 20 years.

Caffeine content, which has more

There is no debate on this, coffee has more caffeine than tea. It contains between 80 and 185 milligrams of caffeine, while tea only has between 15 and 70 milligrams, mainly because we consume the whole grain when preparing a cup.
In addition, when it is made at high temperatures, more caffeine molecules are released in the cup . For tea, the leaves, which contain more caffeine than unfiltered coffee beans, are discarded along with a significant portion of the naturally occurring caffeine. Added to this is that it is made at lower temperatures where all the caffeine is not extracted from the leaves.
TheThe effect of the caffeine in coffee is noticeable a quarter of an hour after having ingested the cup and reaches its maximum point of concentration 45-60 minutes after having taken it. Specifically, the caffeine in tea does not usually make you as nervous as that in coffee because, although a fermented tea leaf (black tea) contains more caffeine per gram than the coffee itself, as less of the plant is needed to make a cup (2 grams), it has between one-half and one-third the caffeine content of coffee.
It is estimated that around 300 grams of caffeine per day can have beneficial consequences, as long as it is accompanied by a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

Benefits

Keep in mind that theHealth effects are different depending on whether it is the caffeine in coffee or the caffeine in tea.

Coffee Coffee

offers great benefits for our cardiovascular health -several studies indicate that coffee reduces the risk of stroke and heart failure, as well as suffering from type 2 diabetes-, in fact several studies indicate that those who drink between two and four cups of coffee a day, reduce cardiovascular risk by 20% compared to those who drink less or do not drink coffee.
It can also help reduce the probability of suffering from some types of cancer such as breast, prostate, skin or liver cancer. In addition to mobilizing body fat, improve muscle contractility and reduce the feeling of sleep and fatigue.
At the neurological level, its consumption helps improve short-term memory and increases the effectiveness of painkillers in the body. In addition, it helps prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia .
As for antioxidants, coffee contains antioxidants that regulate blood sugar levels and prevent gallstones.

Tea

As for tea, the presence of catechins and epicatechins -flavonoids- would give this drink the potential to reduce atherosclerosis, thus reducing cardiovascular risk. It is also important to take into account its antioxidant factor that protects the body from free radicals and reduces cholesterol levels in the body.
In addition, both green and black tea lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol) and could improve blood pressure. Another benefit of green tea is related to the bones, as it helps maintain bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Added to this is that green tea is not only capable of reducing stress, but can also improve sleep quality, and its antioxidants also help burn fat, can improve physical performance up to 24% and reduce the risk of ovarian or esophageal cancer.
In the case of green tea

It has been shown that it helps reduce the risk of suffering from this disease (especially in the case of women, with percentages close to 60% less in the development of this type of cancer ).
Finally, it is worth mentioning that drinking around four cups of tea a day, in the medium and long term, helps the body to reduce the production of the stress hormone , so more than an arousal it could be a great ally to combat anxiety. .

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