Saturday, March 12, 2011

Drinking coffee appears to offer protection against stroke, a major study of women concludes

Wow! A study of more than 34 women, age 49 - 83, showed that drinking coffee appears to offer protection against stroke. (see the USA Today article here: ).  These are amazing results for a study that ran for over 10 years. It is, in my oppinion very powerful data. 

We always hear a lot of opinion in terms of "how bad coffee is" to you but the findings add to the growing body of research showing coffee appears to a lot of yet unknown health benefits. The article mentions a study done by Larsson in 2008 on men who drank coffee or tea had similar results.  Apparently the large amount of antioxidants in coffee is the reason for these benefits.

The article also mentions that other research has suggested coffee can help prevent cognitive decline and can boost vision and heart health. It is also associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer.

They expand and discuss that the results of this study are consistent with findings on 83,076 women in the Nurses Health Study in the USA in 2009. In that study, women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had a 20% reduced risk of stroke, compared with women who had less than one cup per month. That study distinguished between caffeinated and decaf; the decaf group had a slightly lower risk.

Anyway, these scientific study results supports something that I have seen for many years.  I grew up in a coffee producing country (Puerto Rico) and I can say that most of the coffee region women appeared to be very healthy even in their 80's and 90's (and some of them in their 100's). They drank coffee couple of times a day every day.  I think that if you add these health benefits of coffee with the fact that shade-grown and organic coffee are much better for the environment, that combination would be a win-win! The best part of it is that now all of these observations are now be backed up by science! 



Adam Crosby said...

It seems like they discover a new health benefit to drinking coffee every other week

General Manager said...

Good share about coffee,