Coffee and Stroke
Recent research shows that moderate coffee consumption may reduce the risk of stroke.
A recent study of 26,556 male Finnish smokers found that the risk of developing a non-hemorrhagic stroke fell by 12% with the consumption of 4-5 cups of coffee a day. The risk was reduced further to 23% in the heaviest consumers (≥ 6 cups a day) compared to those who drink less than 2 cups a day51.
Similarly, a study of 34,670 women showed that coffee consumption (2-5 cups a day) was linked to a 22-25% reduced risk of total stroke, cerebral infarction, and subarachnoid hemorrhage but not intra-cerebral hemorrhage52.
In addition, the Nurses’ Health Study also reported that women who drank 2-4 cups of coffee a day were 20% less likely to suffer a stroke than those who drank 1 cup a month. Other drinks containing caffeine, such as tea and caffeinated soft drinks, were not linked to risk of stroke53.
Finally, a recent meta-analysis of 11 studies, including 10,003 cases of stroke among 479,689 participants, found that moderate coffee consumption may be weakly linked to a reduced risk of stroke54.