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Therapeutic Value of Tea and Coffee

People who drink the most coffee and tea, even decaffeinated versions can impressively lower their risk of type-2 diabetes. This means that people who drink three to four cups a day have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who drink little or no tea or coffee.

Coffee: It contains, among other substances, caffeine. Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that is very strong. This is because of the nor epinephrine released in the brain,

What does coffee do to your body?

  • Quickens the respiration process 
  • Strengthens the pulse
  • Raises the blood pressure
  • Stimulates the kidneys
  • Temporarily relieves tiredness or depression
  • Excites the functions of the brain, improving mental performance

Caffeine is an emergency cure for an asthma attack reducing incidents of wheezing. Coffee may have a calming effect on most people because of several opiate-related compounds that have a mild heroine-like reaction in the brain. These substances are found in decaf as well.

What if consumed in excess? 
  • It can be mildly addictive
  • Trigger headaches
  • Increase nervous symptoms including panic attack, anxiety and insomnia
  • Aggravate heart and artery disorders
  • Depression
  • Irritate lining of the stomach
  • Heartburn
It may encourage fibrocystic breast diseases in women. It may also prevent iron from being properly utilized and cause other vitamins to be pumped through and out of the body before they can be properly absorbed.

Research indicates that healthy People can consume up to 200 milligrams per day, which is what is contained in approximately 2 cups. Coffee substitutes are powdered vegetable preparations that are used as coffee alternatives. They usually have barley and contain no caffeine.

Tea: It similar to coffee in that it contains caffeine, but it also has tannin or tannic acid and essential oils as well. The caffeine is the stimulating element; the tannin gives it its colour and body, and the oils give it flavour and aroma.

Tannin in regular tea has been linked to high rates of cancer of the oesophagus and the stomach. Adding small amounts of milk will bind the tannin and minimize its effects. Two cups per day are safe. Tea actually has strong nutritive value with its polyphenol and fluoride content. Drinking tea may help keep the doctor away.

What therapeutic values are in herbal tea?

Chinese teas such as green or oolong or American black teas, have disease-fighting agents. These teas are antibiotic, anti-diarrhea, antiviral, analgesic, diuretic, sedative, anti-ulcer, anticoagulant and antibiotic, and they protect the arteries.

Excessive consumption, may be harmful because of the caffeine content. Tea also contains oxalate, which encourages the formation of kidney stones.

Herbal teas: It contains active chemicals that can heal and prevent diseases; however, they can disturb normal body function. The elements in the herbs are where many prescription drugs are sourced.

Herbal teas contain impurities and active components and should be used with care. Teas that may be allergens are chamomile , marigold, yarrow and goldenrod. Teas that can cause diarrhea are aloe leaves, flowers and barks; buck thorn buck.

Teas that may produce adverse effects on the nervous systems are wormwood, jimson wood weed and nutmeg. Poisonous tea are indian tobacco, horsetail and mistletoe leaves. So, ensure you read the labels (including side effects) and not taking anything that is not described or acquiring the help of a herbalist or professional is strongly advised.

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