A team of Japanese researchers recently published compelling evidence that drinking green tea regularly (i.e., on a daily basis) significantly reduces one’s risk of stroke.
In this long term study of more than 85,000 adults, drinking 2-3 cups of green tea per day reduced one’s stroke risk by 14% over people who rarely drink green tea.For those who drink 4 or more cups of green tea daily the risk of stroke is decreased by 20%.
These are impressive numbers, especially because the authors adjusted for other healthy lifestyle factors and still found that green tea independently reduced the stroke risk.
It is not clear what the active ingredient is in green tea that confers this benefit. It remains to be determined whether it is caffeine.
No connection was found between the risk of heart attack and green tea consumption in this study, although some other studies have shown some reduced risk of heart attack related to drinking green tea.
It looks like it’s time to switch to green tea – right now.