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The Recipe for Preventing A Stroke

 

minum teh hijauThe Recipe for Preventing A Stroke : 1 Coffee, 4 Green Teas a Day. A new study out of Japan shows that people who drink both beverages every day have a lower risk of stroke than those who drink just one or the other (or neither).

 

 Researchers have been touting the antioxidant properties of green tea for years, and recent studies show that your daily coffee fix boosts more than just your energy levels. But putting the two drinks together—not in the same cup, of course—may help you reap the health benefits of both. Also on Shine: 13 Health Benefits of Green Tea

 

Researchers looked at the coffee and tea consumption habits of almost 82,369 Japanese adults over 13 years and found that people who had a cup of coffee every day were 20 percent less likely to have a stroke (compared to those who didn’t drink coffee at all). But that’s not to say that coffee is better for you than tea.

 

In fact, the study noted that people who drank four or more cups of green tea a day were also about 20 percent less likely to have a stroke. Since the two drinks help prevent strokes in different ways, drinking both can lower your risk of stroke more than just drinking one or the other, the study authors explained.

 

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“This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Yoshihiro Kokubo of Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, said in a statement. “You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet.” The study was published this week in the American Heart Association’s journal, Stroke. The results took into account differences in participants’ age, gender, smoking, alcohol, weight, diet, and exercise habits.

 

According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery in the brain, or when a blood vessel breaks, causing an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Brain cells begin to die, damaging the brain and affecting the actions—usually speech, movement, and memory—controlled by the part of the brain where the stroke has occurred.

 

“The regular action of drinking tea [and] coffee largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming,” Kokubo explained.

Green tea can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It also contains compounds known as catechins, which can help regulate blood pressure and improve blood flow, Kokobo told National Public Radio. And coffee has more to it than just caffeine—it also contains quinides, compounds that can help control blood sugar, which cuts your risk of stroke by reducing your risk of Type 2 diabetes. The researchers wrote that the “combination of higher green tea and coffee consumptions contributed to the reduced risk of stroke as an interaction effect for each other,” The Daily Mail reported.

 

Given that tea and coffee are consumed regularly in many countries, the results of the study could apply to people around the world, the researchers wrote. Americans may already be drinking enough coffee and tea to get the benefits: A typical cup of coffee or tea in Japan is just 6 ounces, while a grande coffee at Starbucks is 16 ounces. (By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living)

 

13 Health Benefits of Green Tea

By alice d – Tue, Mar 10, 2009 2:10 PM EDT

Many people talk about the health benefits of green tea, but do we really know all about it? Can this product used for thousands of years in South-East Asia prevent cancer, high blood pressure, or other often-faced diseases?

 

Green tea can reduce the risk of developing colon, pancreas, bladder, stomach, and rectum cancer by sixty percent.

Green tea consumption can decrease the LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol. This is why people who drink larger amounts of green tea may eat twice the amounts of foods with high levels of cholesterol and have the same cholesterol level than those who don`t usually drink green tea.

 

The unnatural formation of blood cloths that leads to thrombosis may be stopped or slowed down with green tea consumption. Untreated thrombosis may cause heart attack or stroke.

Green tea can reduce blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and prevent Type-2 diabetes. This happens due to the polyphenols and polysaccharides, two antioxidants found in green tea, which are efficient in lowering blood pressure.

Green tea protects the liver from toxins, and ensures oral health. It also destroys free radicals, boosts the immune system function, helps you maintain fluid balance, and blocks some of the main receptors that cause allergic reactions.

Recent studies proved that the green tea also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It makes you recover faster from cold or flu, inhibits the spread of disease, and may be used against food bacteria like clostridium, staphylococcus, and botulus.

Although both black and green tea come from the same plant, black tea does not have the same medical benefits. A healthy diet should include green tea because it also stimulates metabolism and calorie burning process.

5 health reasons to not quit coffee

By The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 3, 2011 6:15 PM EST

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWell Magazine

I really like coffee. The morning ritual of brewing a cup, the smell that perks me up before I take a sip and, of course, the flavor all make it my favorite beverage aside from water (water’s delicious!). As a registered dietitian and a nutrition editor for EatingWell Magazine, I know that coffee is fine in moderation. It has lots of antioxidants and is low in calories if you don’t load it up with cream and sugar. Nonetheless, I always feel slightly guilty about drinking it-you know, in a “it’s so good, it must be bad” kind of way.

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Which is why I’m always delighted to hear of new reasons that coffee is good for your health…and there are plenty! Over 18,000 studies on coffee have been published in the past few decades, revealing these benefits, many of which Joyce Hendley wrote about in the March/April issue of EatingWell Magazine:

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1. It protects your heart: Moderate coffee drinkers (1 to 3 cups/day) have lower rates of stroke than noncoffee drinkers, an effect linked to coffee’s antioxidants. Coffee has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries, making it the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. All those antioxidants may help suppress the damaging effect of inflammation on arteries. Immediately after drinking it, coffee raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it actually may lower blood pressure as coffee’s antioxidants activate nitric oxide, widening blood vessels.

2. It diverts diabetes: Those antioxidants (chlorogenic acid and quinides, specifically) play another role: boosting your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. In fact, people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee each day may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt the insulin-sensitivity boost, so if you do drink several cups a day, try mixing in decaf occasionally.

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3. Your liver loves it: OK, so the research here is limited, but it looks like the more coffee people drink, the lower their incidence of cirrhosis and other liver diseases. One analysis of nine studies found that every 2-cup increase in daily coffee intake reduced liver cancer risk by 43 percent. Again, it’s those antioxidants-chlorogenic and caffeic acids-and caffeine that might prevent liver inflammation and inhibit cancer cells.

4. It boosts your brain power: Drinking between 1 and 5 cups a day (admittedly a big range) may help reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as Parkinson’s disease, studies suggest. Those antioxidants may ward off brain cell damage and help the neurotransmitters involved in cognitive function to work better.

5. It helps your headaches: And not just the withdrawal headaches caused by skipping your daily dose of caffeine! Studies show that 200 milligrams of caffeine-about the amount in 16 ounces of brewed coffee-provides relief from headaches, including migraines. Exactly how caffeine relieves headaches isn’t clear. But scientists do know that caffeine boosts the activity of brain cells, causing surrounding blood vessels to constrict. One theory is that this constriction helps to relieve the pressure that causes the pain, says Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Headache Clinic at the University of Vermont Medical School.

Now, that’s not to say that coffee doesn’t have any pitfalls-it does. Some people are super-sensitive to caffeine and get jittery or anxious after drinking coffee; habitual coffee drinkers usually develop a tolerance to caffeine that eliminates this problem (but they then need the caffeine to be alert and ward off withdrawal headaches). Coffee can also disturb sleep, especially as people age. Cutting some of the caffeine and drinking it earlier in the day can curb this effect. Lastly, unfiltered coffee (like that made with a French press) can raise LDL cholesterol, so use a filter for heart health.

But if you like coffee and you can tolerate it well, enjoy it…without the guilt. (go hwie khing)

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