That title got your attention, didn’t it? As well it should. A recently published study has found that by consuming coffee or green tea daily could reduce your risk of stroke by as much as 20 percent.
“This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo, chief doctor in the department of preventive cardiology at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, said via press release. “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.”
With green tea in particular, the researchers found that those who drink two to three cups of green tea per day reduce their risk for a stroke by 14 percent, and those who drink four or more cups a day cut the risk down to 20 percent. Additionally, they learned that green tea drinkers were also more likely to exercise than non-drinkers, which, as we know, also helps reduce our stroke risk.
They also found that those who drink at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily lower their risk by 32 percent of having an intracerebral hemorrhage, which causes nearly 13 percent of all strokes.
“The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,” Kokubo explained.
Before you go too crazy with drinking green tea and coffee, however, know that a cup of coffee or tea in Japan is only six ounces. While adding a cup or two of coffee and green tea has been found to be beneficial to your health, going overboard can be just as bad.
That said, have you had your green tea or cup of coffee today?