A recent study on ScienceDaily.com adds another point to the long list of benefits that coffee and green tea are known for. Researchers from Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular center say that these popular brews can lower the risk of stroke.

Lead author Yoshihiro Kokubo, together with his colleagues, surveyed 83,269 adults between 45 to 74 years old about their coffee and green tea drinking habits. Their medical histories were also collated, and factors such as age, gender, diet, amount of exercise, as well as lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking, were taken into account.

Researchers found that those who took a cup of coffee once a day were 20 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to people who didn’t have any, while those who drank at least four cups of green tea a day were 20 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who didn’t. Moreover, those who drank at least one cup of coffee and two cups of green tea on a regular basis lowered their risk of having intracerebral hemorrhage, a condition wherein a blood vessel in the brain bursts, resulting in internal bleeding. It has been said that 13 percent of stroke cases are caused by this.

The benefit of having lower stroke risk may be attributed to compound group called catechins, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-thrombogenic effects that reduce blood clots.

Dr. Kokubo says, “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding (coffee and) green tea to your diet.” Of course, other than this, you’ll need to watch out for what you eat. Minimize indulging on food with high fat content. Working out can also help. Regularly doing cardio exercises such as walking, jogging, and swimming may not only strengthen your heart, but also burn calories and control cholesterol.

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