Thursday, February 23, 2012

Coffee and Strokes

I was recently reading an article that talked about the connection between coffee and strokes.  In the past, coffee was linked to increased occurrences of strokes.  Now, according to a study published by Karolinska Institutet of Sweden in the American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking two or three cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of having a stroke.  This study combined results from eight earlier studies involving almost 500,000 people over the last 50 years. Another study found that women who drink one or more cups of coffee per day have a 22-25% lower risk of having a stroke.

It is thought that the high level of antioxidants in coffee may protect the brain from LDL (the bad cholesterol).  High coffee consumption may still cary the risk of increased blood pressure.