Green tea, coffee may help lower stroke risk

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Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and on stroke risks," said Yoshihiro Kokubo, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., lead author of the study at Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center. "You may make a small but positive to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet."

Researchers asked 83,269 Japanese adults about their green tea and coffee drinking habits, following them for an average 13 years. 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 , 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.)
Participants in the study were 45 to 74 years old, almost evenly divided in gender, and were free from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

During the 13-years of follow-up, researchers reviewed participants' hospital medical records and , collecting data about heart disease, strokes and causes of death. They adjusted their findings to account for age, sex and like smoking, alcohol, weight, diet and exercise.

Green in the study were more likely to exercise compared to non-drinkers.

Previous limited research has shown green tea's link to lower death risks from heart disease, but has only touched on its association with lower stroke risks. Other studies have shown inconsistent connections between coffee and stroke risks.

Initial study results showed that drinking more than two cups of coffee daily was linked to increasing coronary rates in age- and sex-adjusted analysis. But researchers didn't find the association after factoring in the effects of cigarette smoking—underscoring smoking's negative health impact on heart and stroke health.

A typical cup of coffee or tea in Japan was approximately six ounces. "However, our self-reported data may be reasonably accurate, because nationwide annual health screenings produced similar results, and our validation study showed relatively high validity." Kokubo said. "The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming."

Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, suggesting that these results may apply in America and other countries.

It's unclear how green tea affects stroke risks. A compound group known as catechins may provide some protection. Catechins have an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect, increasing plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic effects.

Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, thus cutting stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Further research could clarify how the interaction between coffee and might help further lower stroke risks, Kokubo said.

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1 / 5 (1) Mar 14, 2013
Hey, check this out. I tried some very nice, organic, green tea ice cream the other day. I decided to have it with warm apple pie and mountain dew. I told myself to save enough for several days. Uhhhh....honestly, I still have the Apple Pie, and most of the Mountain dew, but, to my shame, The green tea ice cream has long since vanished, after only two days.
I am now on my way back to Vulcan to subject myself to the strictures of the KOLINAHR DISCIPLINE...where I shall ask The Supreme Master of Mental Discipline to guide me into all truth. Oddly, very oddly, he, the Supreme One, did ask me to bring several gallons of this same Green Tea Ice Cream - a premium brand - with me to Vulcan and did ask me to tell no one.
The whole planet is a desert...hummmm....I am suspicious; Fascinating!
Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (1) Mar 14, 2013
Shhh! The cost of coffee is rising - skyrocketing - fast enough on supply and demand. Locally, it is $0.50 to $1.50 per ounce of beans, grocery store to chi-chi roaster.
arq
not rated yet Mar 21, 2013
But the sugar in coffee is not beneficial for health (I am not sure if sugar is added to green tea while consuming it)