Posted on 18/03/2013

Could Drinking Green Tea and Coffee Lower Stroke Risk?

Could Drinking Green Tea and Coffee Lower Stroke Risk?

New research suggests coffee and green tea are the answer to stroke prevention.

According to reports on the Mail Online, the key to preventing a stroke is to drink one cup of coffee and four cups of green tea each day.

The headlines are based on a large, long-term study carried out in Japan that found that both drinks may indeed offer some protection against stroke. While the latest headlines do reflect the findings of the study, they are overdramatized.

The study, which was carried out by researchers from various universities in Japan, was financed by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Stroke.

What do the researchers say about lowering Stroke risk?

Researchers carrying out the study found that those who drank four or more cups of green tea each day had a 20% lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it. Participants who drank coffee at least once a day were also 20% less likely to suffer from a stroke than those who did not.

While the findings are indeed of great interest, the study alone cannot prove whether green tea or coffee directly lowers stroke risk or whether other factors may have influenced the results. As the research was carried out in Japan, genetic, cultural and environmental differences may not have been taken into consideration, giving the findings less weight in other cultures such as that of the UK.

Although drinking coffee and green tea may not be the key to preventing strokes, there are ways of reducing your stroke risk. Eating a balanced diet, taking regular exercise, not smoking and not drinking to excess are all easy steps we can take to minimise health risks in the future.

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