Coffee Lowers Stroke Risk

March 12, 2011 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Coffee Lowers Stroke Risk
Drinking two or more cups of coffee per day is associated with a 22% - 25% lower risk of stroke1 in women. The study followed 34,670 Swedish women for more than 10 years.

Scientists have theorized that coffee could have either beneficial or harmful effects on the cardiovascular system, but earlier studies have been inconclusive. Only one previous prospective study, which was also inconclusive, examined the association between coffee consumption and stroke incidence in healthy women.

The researchers suggested that potential ways that coffee drinking might reduce the risk of stroke include reducing subclinical inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and improving insulin sensitivity.

I would like to add that for many people coffee also helps move the bowels, in turn helping the liver and digestive tract clear toxins.

For those who enjoy coffee this study lends comfort. Keep in mind that higher coffee intake will deplete B vitamins and magnesium and it is best to avoid all coffee intake when pregnant.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Coffee and Stroke Risk in Postmenopausal Women  Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association  1.Susanna C. Larsson, Jarmo Virtamo, Alicja Wolk

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