Drinking just 1 cup of coffee a week protects your heart and lowers your risk of early death, study finds
- Drinking just one cup of
coffeea week could help prevent early death, according to a new study.
- Heart attack survivors could especially benefit from drinking coffee, researchers found.
- People with a history of
stroke, though, were better off drinking lots of green tea, data suggested.
There's even more evidence that coffee can be good for your health.
Regularly drinking coffee, even in small amounts, is linked to lower risk of early death, particularly for heart attack survivors but also for healthy adults, according to research published February 4 in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.Researchers from Osaka University, the University of Tsukuba, and Hokkaido University in Japan looked at data from more than 46,000 Japanese adults, tracking their tea and coffee drinking habits and
For people without a history of stroke, green tea didn't seem to make a different for health outcomes.
Skip the milk and sugarIt's not clear from this study why green tea and coffee might be beneficial. The results of the study are observational, so they don't show that drinking those beverage can directly cause health improvements. A key factor, though, is that both coffee and tea are often consumed without milk or sugar in Japan, which could be important to maximize the benefits.
"The healthiest way to prepare these beverages is without an unnecessary amount of added sugars," Dr. Hiroyasu Iso, co-author of the study and a professor of public health at Osaka University, said in a press release.
Coffee and tea have a wealth of benefits, according to research
Previous studies suggest that coffee and tea (of all kinds) are high in phytonutrients, plant-based compounds that are good for our health.One recent study found that tea could help lower blood pressure, since it's rich in a particular type of micronutrients called flavanols (also found in apples and berries).
Coffee is also rich in healthy nutrients, with high levels of antioxidants that can lower inflammation and reduce the risk of
Both coffee and tea contain some caffeine, which can have health benefits like more energy and a healthy metabolism, but also side effects like nausea or jitters in high doses. The caffeine in tea, however, is low enough that it's unlikely to cause health issues.Extensive research has found that it's safe to drink up to five cups of coffee a day for good health.
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