Coffee Lovers Rejoice! Yet another study suggests drinking coffee has health benefits—specifically for your heart! Research published in Stroke, a journal run by the American Heart Association, found as little as one cup of coffee a week might protect your heart and lower your risk of an early death.
The study—done by researchers at Osaka University, University of Tsukuba, and Hokkaido University in Japan—looked at the effects of coffee and green tea on more than 45,000 Japanese adults who have had a stroke, are heart attack survivors, and have no record of either. It followed participants for up to two decades.
Results from the observational study found that those with no history of a stroke or heart attack who drank one or more cups of coffee a week had a 14 percent lower risk of an early death. For heart attack survivors, it seems to have lowered their risk of death by 22 percent compared to those who don’t drink coffee often.
For those who have had a stroke or heart attack, green tea may also help reduce the risk of an early death. The beverage didn’t seem to make a difference in the health outcomes of people who haven’t had a stroke or heart attack.
Researchers need to look deeper into the lifestyles of the people involved in the study, as the research doesn’t show direct links between the drinks and health improvements. It’s also essential to note “the healthiest way to prepare these beverages is without an unnecessary amount of added sugars,” one of the study authors Dr. Hiroyasu Iso said in a news release.
In any case, the next time you wonder if you should pour yourself another cup of coffee, go for it!
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