Enjoy Caffeine Benefits in Tea

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).

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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. 

  • Boost energy and stamina with caffeine. If you're feeling fatigued or need a boost to get through the afternoon at work or to finish a project, a cup of tea may help. Studies show that consuming a moderate amount of caffeine may lessen physical and mental weariness, increase energy, and leave us feeling less tired after a busy day.

How long do caffeine benefits last?

The effects of caffeine can last for up to six hours or more, so you may enjoy these caffeine benefits for some time after you've finished that last sip of tea.

  • Improve cognitive performance with caffeine. Not only can caffeine provide a much-needed lift when energy is low, but it may improve cognitive functioning in many ways, as well. Caffeine can increase alertness, enhance short-term memory, improve accuracy, boost problem-solving and decision-making skills, and help us focus better on tasks that require full concentration (like exams or an important presentation at work). And, as consuming moderate amounts of caffeine on a regular basis may provide consistently improved cognitive functioning, why not add a cup or two of black, green, or oolong tea to your daily routine?

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  • Foster brain health with caffeine. Including some naturally caffeinated tea in our diet may benefit not just day-to-day cognitive performance, but overall mental wellness, too. Caffeine may improve long-term memory, and regular, moderate caffeine consumption (especially in coffee, but also in tea, to a lesser extent) may aid in protecting against age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. 
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  • Enhance a workout with caffeine. Energy-boosting caffeine can make exercise feel easier, and provide us with the stamina to work out for longer periods of time and expend more energy (i.e. increased intensity) as we exercise, as well. Caffeine may improve our game or workout, too - studies have found that moderate amounts of caffeine may enhance physical and motor performance, improve neuromuscular coordination, boost motivation, and quicken responses. Consuming caffeine before intense exercise may lessen aches and pain during a workout, and sipping some black or green tea after a workout can help to relieve post-exercise muscle achiness quickly, as well. 
  • Support a healthy weight with caffeine. If you've been aiming to reach or stay at your healthy weight, low to moderate amounts of caffeine may be an effective addition to your overall weight management plan. Not only can caffeine's energizing effect help to increase the length and intensity of workouts, but caffeine may also improve metabolism and aid in burning fat more effectively. 

An after-dinner tea...

Caffeine can also enhance desire, so, if you're planning a romantic dinner, why not include a bit of caffeine (in a cup or two of tea, for example) to boost energy and libido? Get some tips here for making the perfect cup of tea. 

  • Hinder chronic inflammation with caffeine. Research has found that regularly enjoying caffeinated beverages may help to obstruct chronic inflammation in the body. Many concerning ailments and conditions are associated with chronic inflammation (such as cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, PCOS, obesity, and more), and sipping some healthful, naturally caffeinated tea is a quick and easy way to support the body against the harmful effects of chronic inflammation. 
  • Lift your spirits with caffeine. Enjoy some caffeinated tea to feel more upbeat, positive, and happy! Caffeine is known to improve mood quickly by stimulating production of dopamine, a 'feel-good' neurotransmitter in our brains that boosts our sense of well-being and helps to ward off feelings of stress. 

Be Safe - Caffeine Safe-Use Tips and Precautions

In general, sensible consumption of caffeine is considered safe for most healthy adults. Use your good common sense with caffeine... Consume it in moderation, and ask your primary care provider about caffeine for you (this is particularly important if you have sleep issues, have been feeling very anxious, or are expecting). Drop by our Caffeine Side Effects page to learn more. 


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

Caffeine is just one of the many benefits in a fragrant, delectable cup of tea. Get to know more here about how very good this simple beverage can be for us. And you'll love our Health Benefits of Tea Pinterest board, too. 

Numerous studies have found that regular caffeine consumption is associated with longevity.

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