Green tea, coffee may reduce stroke risk
Researchers have discovered a link between stroke development and coffee and green tea consumption. A study published in Stroke shows that green tea and coffee may help lower the risk of having a stroke.
The researchers asked 83,269 Japanese adults, ages 45–74 years without cardiovascular disease or cancer, about their green tea and coffee drinking habits and tracked them for
an average 13 years. Green tea and coffee consumption was assessed by self-administered food frequency questionnaire at baseline. They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks.
• People who drank at least one cup of coffee daily had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it.
• People who drank two to three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups had a 20 percent lower risk, compared to those who rarely drank it.
• People who drank at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent lower risk of
intracerebral hemorrhage, compared to those who rarely drank either beverage. (Intracerebral hemorrhage happens when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds inside the brain. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.)
Conclusions: Higher green tea and coffee consumption were inversely associated with risk of CVD and stroke in general population.
Source: Green tea, coffee may help lower stroke risk
[Internet]. [published 2013 Mar 14; cited 2013 Nov 27].
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