Many of us wouldn’t dream of facing the day without our morning cup of ambition. Coffee and tea drinkers alike know that a cup of their favorite beverage can help turn the day around, or at the very least, make us easier to get along with. But research is showing that there are a myriad of health benefits derived from both beverages.
More Benefits Attributed to That Morning Cup o’Joe
Now there is another reason to reach for that morning cuppa before heading out the door to face the day. A new study suggests that both coffee and tea positively affect the regulation of insulin in the body, thereby helping to reduce diabetes risk.
Not Just the Caffeine
The Australian research showed that consuming three to four cups of coffee or tea per day can reduce diabetes risk by 25%.
And here’s the real clincher: the reduced risk may have little to do with the caffeine in both coffee and tea; study results were similar regardless of whether or not participants drank decaf.
The team, led by Dr. Rachel Huxley, discovered that each cup of coffee a person drinks may reduce risk of metabolic syndrome by 7%.
The researchers wrote that a spectrum of chemicals found in coffee and tea, including magnesium, lignans, and chlorogenic acids, likely assist in reducing risk. The details of the research are being published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
Diabetes, which can often manifest in those who are obese, costs millions of dollars each year in health care costs; the potential impact of this study could be quite dramatic, should follow up studies yield similar results.
More Coffee and Tea Health Benefits
For many, a cup of coffee helps regulate mood by causing the brain to release dopamine. For this reason, coffee has been referred to by many as a mild anti-depressant.
The caffeine in coffee can also act as a mind pain killer, which is why some pain relievers contain caffeine as well as aspirin or Tylenol. Some doctors even recommend drinking a cup of coffee to help minimize migraine discomfort.
Over the last decade, scientists have confirmed that a cup of coffee releases endorphins in the brain; some have gone on to suggest that exercisers who want to minimize their risk of pain during a workout should try drinking a cup of coffee about thirty minutes before hitting the running trail (Prevention).
Additionally, some physicians have found that caffeine helps reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder by helping mental focus.
Then there are the anti-oxidants found in green tea; they have been touted as great cancer fighters and may even help some of us lose weight.