I am a coffee addict. I have been since I was a teenager, and while I have significantly reduced my coffee consumption in a given day (going from about eight cups to four), I still am often reminded that I drink too much coffee.
In response to people advising me to drink less coffee, I typically tell them two words, and I’m not referring to happy birthday.
I drink tea every now and then, but coffee is my preferred caffeinated beverage of choice. And, as it turns out, drinking caffeinated drinks may be beneficial for our health, says an article by Good News Network.
“Drinking coffee or tea may be associated with a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to a study of healthy individuals aged 50-74. Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of post-stroke dementia.
“Yuan Zhang and colleagues from Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China studied 365,682 participants from the UK Biobank, who were recruited between 2006 and 2010 and followed them until 2020.
“At the outset participants self-reported their coffee and tea intake. Over the study period, 5,079 participants developed dementia and 10,053 experienced at least one stroke.
“People who drank 2-3 cups of coffee or 3-5 cups of tea per day, or a combination of 4-6 cups of coffee and tea had the lowest incidence of stroke or dementia.
“Individuals who drank 2-3 cups of coffee and 2-3 cups of tea daily had a 32% lower risk of stroke and a 28% lower risk of dementia compared with those who drank neither coffee nor tea.
“Intake of coffee alone or in combination with tea was also associated with lower risk of post-stroke dementia.
“Finally, while it’s possible that coffee and tea consumption might be protective against stroke, dementia and post-stroke dementia, this causality cannot be inferred from the associations,” the article explains.
Now go grab some java, friends.