Could coffee reduce the risk of a stroke?

Recent research has suggested that women who drink more than one cup of coffee per day could reduce their risk of having a stroke by up to 25 per cent.

Dr Susanna Larsson, a researcher from the National Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden has said that coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, which means that even very small health effects could have huge public health consequences.

There is a huge number of conflicting studies arguing whether coffee is indeed good or bad for you, but the most recent research has found that it could have certain health benefits.

Dr Larssons research involved following the diet and health of around 15,000 women between the ages of 49 to 83 for  a decade.

The results showed that those who drank a minimum of one cup of coffee per day had a reduced risk of suffering a stroke by between 22 and 25 per cent when compared to those who drank less.

Though scientists have not proven if coffee does reduce stroke risk, they believe the effects they saw in the study could be caused by coffee’s ability to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.

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