Coffee and Health – Still More Good News

[Originally Posted  4/10/2011]

Even more studies are finding that coffee is good for you. While many studies in recent years have reported that drinking coffee may be good for your heart and might even prevent strokes, several in the last few years found a strong link between coffee and cardiovascular health.

Research from the 1970’s through the 1980’s never found a definitive answer. Some studies found it helped; others that it hurt; still others found no connection at all. Recent years have shown a resurgence in these studies, and the results are promising.

For instance, in March, Swedish researchers announced results of a large study showing that coffee seemed to reduce the risk of stroke in women by up to 25%.

In the last 2-3 years, researchers have found a link to a decreased risk of stroke. A 2008 study in Finland of male smokers found that those who drank 8 or more cups per day lowered their risk of stoke by 23% compared to the men who drank little or no coffee.

UCLA and USC researchers announced a study of coffee consumption and stroke prevalence among more than 9,000 participants. The likelihood of stroke was highest among people who didn’t drink coffee and lowest among those who drank the most coffee.

A study published in 2009 found that the 83,000 women enrolled who drank two to four cups of coffee a day had a lower risk of stroke than women who drank less than one cup per month.

Just this year, a study out of Japan foudn that of the 81,000 mean and women in Japan that drank just one or two cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by up to 23%.

Whether this is surprising to you personally or not, it is still good news for those of us who love coffee!