According to a Japanese study, green tea and coffee may help lower the risk of stroke, especially when they are taken as part of a regular diet. Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo, principal author of the study and part of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Japan said that the study was first in a large-scale to analyze the combined effects of green tea and coffee on stroke risks.
Dr. Kokubo has stated that you can now add green tea to your daily diet if you want to make a positive lifestyle change for starters. Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, and the researchers suggested that these results may apply all over the world. The research data surveyed 83,269 Japanese adults about their green tea and coffee drinking habits, following them for an average of 13 years. It showed that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risk. The research results have been reported on the website of Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.
The results are very encouraging to coffee and green tea drinkers. People who have at least one cup of coffee in their daily diet had a reduced stroke risk of 20% compared with people who rarely drank coffee. People who drank two to three cups of green tea as part of their daily diet had a 14% lower risk of stroke, and those who had at least four cups had a 20% lower risk, compared with those who rarely drank it. How green tea lowers stroke risk is still unclear, according to the data. But a compound group known as “catechins” may provide the protection from stroke, as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, and this lowers stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
[ via Nurse.com ]