A recent study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that drinking both coffee and green tea can help cut the risk of suffering a stroke. The study followed over 82,000 men and women in Japan, and found that those who drank just one cup of coffee per day or four cups of green tea per day had a 20% lower risk of stroke during a 13-year follow up period.
Coffee contains compounds known as quinides which affect blood glucose levels, and green tea contains catechins which help regulate blood pressure, both of which are thought to be contributors. Over the past several years, opinions about caffeine have changed; whereas once many avoided it for health reasons, now it’s often seen as having protective qualities. Certainly other lifestyle habits are involved in risks for disease, but this is just another example that if you’re a coffee or tea fan, you can go ahead and enjoy it!