If you're a regular drinker of coffee or traditional tea, you may already be well aware of the different ways caffeine benefits us. Whether you're looking to increase energy, enhance your workout, or improve cognitive performance, adding some caffeine to your day may be just what you need.
For a natural, delicious way to include low to moderate amounts of caffeine (and caffeine benefits) in your routine, look no further than the wonderful teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant. This tea plant provides us with our "traditional" teas - including black, oolong, pu-erh, green, and white teas - each of which is naturally caffeinated (get to know more here about caffeine in tea).
While caffeine's potential side effects do receive a lot of attention, caffeine (in moderation) may be good for us in many ways, too. Here are some caffeine benefits you can enjoy with a tasty cup of traditional tea.
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If you're interested in learning more about caffeine, please visit our Caffeine Facts page. And, as you sip your next cup of black or green tea and enjoy some of these caffeine benefits, keep in mind that caffeine does come with some precautions... Stay abreast on our Caffeine Side Effects page.
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