Care for tea made from coffee leaves?

London, Jan. 14 (ANI): Researchers have claimed that they have found the ultimate brew - a tea made from coffee leaves - that is healthier than both the drinks.

According to experts, the coffee leaf tea - said to have an 'earthy' taste - is less bitter than tea and not as strong as coffee, boasts high levels of compounds, which lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The brew carries far less caffeine than tea or coffee and contains antioxidant, which reportedly help combat heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties, the Daily Mail reported.

The coffee leaves were examined by researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, South-West London, together with researchers in Montpellier, France.

They believe that the brew - from the leaves of the coffea plant - has thus far been overlooked because of the fixation with the plant's seeds, coffee beans, which are nowhere near as healthy.

After analysing 23 species of coffee plant and finding many health benefits, they hope that the coffee tea could rival the well-established types of coffee and black and green teas available now.

Dr Aaron Davies, a botanist at Kew, wrote that seven species of coffee plant contained high levels of mangiferin - believed to have anti-inflammatory effects as well as lowering cholesterol, protecting neurons in the brain and reducing the risk of diabetes.

The research has been published in the journal Annals of Botany. (ANI)


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