Coffee and tea contain cancer-fighting antioxidants that reduce the risk of basal-cell carcinomas, endometrial cancer as well as other forms of cancer. Both beverages also improve the mood, reduce the risk of depression and they taste good any time of the day or night. To get the most health benefits from your morning coffee or tea (or any time you choose to drink them) follow these preparation tips.
To derive the most health benefits from coffee or tea it must be fully caffeinated. Health issues like acid reflux or IBS may keep you limited to drinking only decafe, and you will still derive some of the health benefits by drinking decafe coffee or tea, but caffeinated coffee or tea offers the most health benefits.
Non-dairy creamer and sugar interferes with the body's absorption of the antioxidants in both beverages. If you must lighten or sweeten either beverage, use natural products like soy or almond milk to lighten and pure honey to sweeten so the health benefits won't be impeded.
Green tea is the popular family member in the Camellia Sinensis family, but black tea (a favorite in the south) packs an equally strong health punch. Black tea reduces the risk of some forms of cancer and also fights infection and slows mental decline as we age. White and oolong teas also provide health benefits. Steep tea bags or leaves in hot water for 10 minutes to get the most potent antioxidants in your cup. Boiling the tea reduces the beverages health benefits.
Use a Filter
Coffee brewed without using a filter, like in an espresso machine or French press, retains an oily residue that contains cafestol. Cafestol is a substance that raises the level of 'bad' LDL cholesterol in the blood stream which can lead to heart disease and the substance does more harm than good when ingested via unfiltered coffee. Always use a filter when brewing coffee in a traditional coffee maker and remove harmful cafestol from espressos and French pressed java by pouring the brewed coffee through a paper filter and into a cup.