Coffee Vs. Regular Tea - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Many people ask me if there is a difference between coffee or herbal teas, and if so, which one is better? When thinking about coffee, it is important to realize that if you are sensitive to caffeine you should go with a decaf choice just because caffeinated coffee can make you a little jittery, can cause anxiety, and can also make blood pressure a little worse. Now, if you are okay with the caffeine in coffee, coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are something that help us fight free radicals, which can prevent us from feeling great. It can also cause disease and aging. Coffee is known for actually being able to play a role in blood sugar control. There is a mineral in coffee called chromium, which now is getting a lot of attention in diabetes research. So, they think that chromium is the compound in coffee that actually helps control blood sugar. Coffee is also known to help prevent Parkinson’s Disease, although the exact mechanism is not yet discovered. Herbal teas, on the other hand, are also a great source of antioxidants and they also have different health benefits. Depending on the type of tea that you choose, you can have a different herbal remedy for an ailment that you may be suffering from. Either way, they are both great choices. They should be drank in moderation. And again, if you are sensitive to the caffeine, go for a decaf herbal tea or a decaf coffee.