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Coffee and green tea pack big health benefits

Better health, sip by sip

What’s your morning beverage of choice? Coffee? Tea? Either way–you’re boosting your health with each sip!

It’s no secret that coffee packs a powerful health punch. It could help fight off diabetes, it’s been shown to play a role in preventing prostate cancer, and it’s been linked to a lower risk of depression.

Now, for those with fatty liver disease, there’s an added benefit. In the February issue of Hepatology, a study confirms that coffee consumption reduces the risk of advanced fibrosis in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers concluded that people with the disease may benefit from moderate coffee consumption.

Mind you–we’re talking about regular, here. The benefits are not seen with decaf.

As for green tea, drinking it regularly could keep you more independent and limber well into your golden years.

A Japanese study that involved thousands of people showed that people who drank the most green tea were the least likely to develop “functional disability,” or problems carrying out everyday activities, as they aged.

Almost 13 percent of adults who enjoyed less than a cup a day developed this type of disability. Among those who drank the most green tea–at least five cups a day–only 7 percent developed functional disability. People who drank three or four cups a day had a 25 percent lower risk than those who stuck to one cup.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that help guard against cell damage. While researchers don’t quite know how it works in warding off disability, they did mention that there has been one study in which green tea extracts were found to boost leg muscle strength in older women.

So drink up–and get your day started with a health-boosting beverage!

P.S. Green tea isn’t the only way to keep yourself living younger longer. It’s time you were let in on the secrets. Click here to learn more.

Sources:
“Coffee Consumption Reduces Fibrosis Risk in Those With Fatty Liver Disease, Study Suggests,” Science Daily (sciencedaily.com)

“Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study,” Reuters (reuters.com)