Stroke Prevention Study Show Health Benefits of Tea or Coffee

In the largest study of its kind, Japanese researchers showed that drinking green tea or coffee may lower risk for stroke by 20 percent. The health benefits of tea and coffee are obvious.

Health Benefits of TeaThe study by the Department of Preventative Cardiology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan tracked 82,369 adults from 45 to 65 years. The 13-year study identified 3,425 stroke victims.

Group members drinking at least four cups of green tea over the life of the study were 20 percent less likely to suffer a stroke. Tea drinkers who consumed 2-3 cups daily were 14 percent less likely to stroke.

The benefit to coffee drinkers was also apparent. Drinking at least one cup of coffee daily also reduced stroke risk by 20 percent.

The study confirms similar findings from research in the United States and Europe.

Beverages with high anti-oxidant levels such as tea and coffee are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Tea polyphenols are shown to have beneficial impact on lipid metabolism, blood pressure and glucose levels.

Source: Stroke (March 14, 2013)

Citation: The Impact of Green Tea and Coffee Consumption on the Reduced Risk of Stroke Incidence in Japanese Population : The Japan Public Health Center-Based Study Cohort. Yoshihiro Kokubo, Hiroyasu Iso, Isao Saito, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroshi Yatsuya, Junko Ishihara, Manami Inoue and Shoichiro Tsugane