What are healthy alternatives to coffee?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
While coffee can initially give you a rush of energy, drinking too many cups can actually result in a feeling of burnout. Instead, try white tea, which is unfermented tea made from new growth buds and young leaves of the plant. Because white tea goes through even less processing than black or green tea, it contains the highest levels of the amino acid L-theanine to help you stay more alert.

Guarana, a tropical berry that grows in the Amazon, has been shown to have the same stimulatory effect as other caffeinated sources but with a much more gradual and sustained boost of energy. Try 200 to 800 milligrams (1 to 3 tablets) before breakfast or lunchtime.

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