Here’s The Best Thing You Can Drink For Breakfast

Why green tea is good for you.

Are you on Team Tea or Team Coffee? Most people can’t start the day without one of these morning “elixirs.” While coffee is known to adversely affect our health, tea drinkers are in for some great news!

Unlike tea, coffee has a high caffeine content, which could result in fast heart rate and dehydration. You’re also more likely to find coffee “drinks” full of cream, syrup, and sugar.1 2 Tea, on the other hand, is known to lower the risk of stroke and heart disease. Green tea, in particular, has gained a lot of positive attention.


Benefits Of Green Tea

While there’s nothing wrong with a cup of joe, tea’s benefits go beyond the perks of coffee. Here’s why you should start the day with green tea.

1. Quenches Thirst

Quench thirst by drinking green tea.


Feeling thirsty? Water is the best choice, but green tea is a solid runner-up. According to a 2017 study in Eukaryotic Gene Expression, it can kick thirst to the curb.3

In contrast, the caffeine in coffee may cause dehydration. One 8-ounce cup of coffee has 95 to 200 milligrams of caffeine! Tea contains caffeine as well but just 14 to 60 milligrams in an 8-ounce cup. The risk of dehydration is thus much lower.4


2. Reduces Diabetes Risk

Green tea lowers diabetes risk.

Obesity and type-2 diabetes have taken over the nation. About 29 million Americans are affected by the condition – and the numbers keep rising.5


Green tea is known to reduce diabetes risk, thanks to the antioxidative, anti-inflammatory polyphenols in tea. Polyphenols not only hinder glucose absorption but also improve insulin resistance. The outcome? Lower blood glucose and type 2 diabetes risk. Apart from tea, these plant chemicals are also found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods. 6

3. Prevents Heart Disease

Drink green tea for a healthy heart.


The polyphenols in tea may also fight heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the country. It’s the top reason for high mortality rates in both men and women.7 To give your heart the upper hand, reach for green tea.

Compared to other teas, green tea has the highest level of the polyphenol catechin.8 It increases the activity of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), an enzyme that controls blood pressure.9 Catechin also fights atherosclerosis, a condition that stiffens, narrows, and blocks the arteries.10 Together, the properties of catechin pave way for a healthy heart.


4. Improves Cognitive Function

Green tea prevents impaired mental function.

Arterial stiffness is also linked to cognitive impairment. Luckily, by drinking green tea, you can prevent impaired brain function. This just goes to show that the protective benefits of tea don’t stop at the heart.11


The antioxidative power of green tea also has neuroprotective benefits. Compared to red and black tea, green tea does a better job of fighting oxidative stress and damage in the brain.12

5. Controls Allergies

Green tea fights allergens.

Do seasonal allergies control your life? Start the day with green tea to prevent allergens from affecting you. Green tea prevents allergies by suppressing mast cells, the white blood cells that release histamine. This helps fight allergens and reduce allergic reactions, such as sneezing, stuffy nose, throat pain, and itchy eyes.13

6. Improves Liver Health

Improve liver health by drinking green tea.

Every day, the liver works hard to detoxify your body. Give it a boost with green tea! In a 2008 review, 8 studies found that green tea may protect you from liver disease.14 A separate 2017 study suggests it might even protect the liver from alcohol damage.15

Green tea can also prevent diseases related to oxidative stress. One example is rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that increases oxidative stress in the brain and liver. Thankfully, green tea extracts have been shown to reduce oxidative damage in both organs.16

7. May Lower Cancer Risk

Green tea can lower cancer risk.

While more research is needed, the link between green tea and its effect on cancer cells shows promise. Regular consumption of green tea could prevent cancer and possibly kill cancer cells, thanks to the antioxidative polyphenols. The polyphenols prevent the growth and spread of tumor cells by interfering with crucial pathways.17 18

High time we all join Team Tea, eh? Don’t limit yourself to breakfast, though. Brew a cup whenever you need a high-energy beverage!