Cut your stroke risk one cup at a time

Coffee and tea are the most popular drinks in the world after water, and for good reason. Aside from providing a sometimecoffee and teas much-needed pick-me-up, regular coffee and green tea drinkers may also enjoy a decreased stroke risk with their morning brews, says a new study.

According to a study of 83,000 people published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, people who drank at least one cup of coffee a day had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it. Green tea drinkers had to consume more to see the same benefits, though: Those who drank two to three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk, while those who drank four cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk. Coffee and green tea drinkers also had a lower risk of a hemorrhagic stroke, a less-common form of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.

Researchers also found that green tea drinkers were more likely to exercise compared to non-drinkers. They believe compounds found in green tea, called catechins, may provide protection from strokes because they produce an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which lowers the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, thereby cutting stroke risk.