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article imageStudy finds green tea & coffee lower both stroke and CVD risk

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 21, 2013 in Health
'Stroke: The Journal of the American Heart Association' has published a new study out of Japan that has found both green tea and coffee can reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and stroke.
The study began in 1995 and used 82,369 Japanese men and women between 45 and 74 who did not have CVD or cancer when it began. They were followed for 13 years, assessed by the means of self-administered food frequency questionnaires at baseline and beyond.
Green tea, coffee: high in antioxidants
After examining the data submitted by the participants over time, and adjusting for factors such as age, sex, and lifestyle choices like smoking and exercise, the study found that those who drank at least a cup of coffee each day had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke when compared to those who rarely or never drank coffee. Drinking 2 to 3 cups of green tea each day had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke, up that to 4 cups a day and it became 20 percent lower. Drinking both coffee and green tea daily further reduced the risk of stroke.
Why are these beverages so healthy for your heart? Experts agree on one reason: antioxidants. Dale Webb, director of research for the Stroke Association in the U.K., told a CBS affiliate the study "suggests that the benefits of antioxidants in coffee and green tea may offset the potential harm from caffeine. The results demonstrate higher consumption of green tea and coffee might reduce the risks for stroke, especially for intracerebral hemorrhage (a type of stroke)."
The study authors, lead by Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo, say more research should be done in this area but concluded that "Higher green tea and coffee consumption were inversely associated with risk of CVD and stroke in general population."
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