Yay, Coffee! (Oh, and Green Tea, too)

Via NPR:  A Daily Habit Of Green Tea Or Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk

Researchers found that the more green tea a person drank, the more it reduced the risk of suffering a stroke.

"It’s almost a 20 percent lower risk of stroke in the green tea drinkers" who drank four cups a day, compared with those who rarely drank green tea, explains Dr. Ralph Sacco of the University of Miami. (He’s the past president of the American Heart Association, and we asked him to review the study for us.)

And with coffee, researchers found just one cup per day was also associated with about a 20 percent decreased risk of stroke during a 13-year follow-up period.


And, in addition, recent studies have linked a regular coffee habit to a range of benefits — from a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes to a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease.

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  1. Boyd says:

    Coffee, is there nothing it can’t do?

  2. john personna says:

    I would image that 4 cups of green tea would correlate much more strongly with vegetable rich diets than would equivalent coffee.

  3. john personna says:

    Ah, and both have inverse correlation to those large sodas 😉

  4. Franklin says:

    @Boyd: Yes. Taste good.

  5. Fiona says:

    Ah coffee–the magic elixir.

  6. M. Bouffant says:

    Pretty much living on coffee & aspirin these days.