Coffee seems to play a large role in our daily lives, but do you know that there is a medical benefit to coffee and tea intake? Studies show that regular intake of coffee and tea reduced the risk of stroke by about 20% in the long term. So even if you are not a coffee person, green tea provides the same benefits. Although the study was only done in the 45-74 year old demographic, it seemed as though many people were to benefit from the caffeine consumption.
The follow up of the study, which was about 13 years, included review of medical records to indicate the cause of death in those that were participants in the research. They wanted to see if those who were in their study had aliments of heart disease or stoke and their age, sex and whether or not they were a habitual smoker or consumer of alcohol. The follow up also showed that people, who drink green tea daily, as opposed to those who do not, actually had a more active lifestyle. It is not conclusive, but people are were known for green tea consumption are more likely to be physically active than those who do not drink green tea.
The reason for green tea’s benefits comes from an antioxidant called catechins, which can also be found in chocolate made with real cocoa. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which can actually be beneficial for preventing stoke by reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes. The reason that green tea and coffee is beneficial for cardiovascular risk reduction is that it helps in the reduction of blood clots. Further research could help scientists determine other benefits from the consumption of coffee and tea. There have been studies in the past, but the results were not conclusive because they did not factor in cigarette smoking, which can have a negative impact on preventing cardiovascular disease. Hopefully we will see more updates on this study and find out what other benefits we can get out of coffee and tea.
So get out there and drink more coffee and tea!
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