Coffee and Green Tea as a Preventive Against Stroke

According to new research, green tea and coffee in moderate amounts can reduce the risk of a stroke, especially when both beverages are a part of your diet.

Only in Great Britain each year around 152.000 people suffers from a stroke, which occurs when a blood supply to the brain is interrupted, which damages brain cells.

We can make a small, but positive change in our way of life to reduce the risk from stroke by adding green tea in our every day diet.

Previous research showed a connection between green tea and lowering the risk of death from heart disease and smaller risk from a stroke. Some studies showed that even coffee have small effect on lowering the risk of a stroke.

Research

Study which lasted 13 years dealt with the influence of habits in consuming green tea and coffee on more than 82.000 Japanese adults, between 45 and 74 years of age. Researchers determined that the more someone drinks GREEN TEA or coffee, is has a smaller risk from a stroke.

Tea and coffee, after water, are most popular beverages in the whole world, which suggests that these results are applicable in other countries.

Results

Research determined that:

  • People that drink at least one cup of coffee a day have about 20% lower risk from a stroke compared to those that seldom drink it
  • People that drink two to three cups of green tea a day have 14% lower risk of a stroke, and those that drink at least four cups have 20% lower risk compared to those that seldom drink green tea.
  • People that drink at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea a day have 32% smaller risk of inter cerebral hemorrhage, compared to those that seldom consume these two beverages. Inter cerebral hemorrhage occurs when blood vessel ruptures and starts hemorrhaging in the brain. Around 13% of strokes occur as a consequence of inter cerebral hemorrhage.

Researchers adjusted their findings to age, gender and factors that influence the way of life, such as: smoking, alcohol, weight, diet and exercise.

What is in the glass?   

It is unclear how green tea influences the risk of a stroke. Group of compounds known as catechins, can provide some protection because it posses ant oxidation and anti inflammation effect.

Some chemicals from coffee include chlorogenic acid, for which it is thought that it positively influences the risk from a stroke by reducing chances for developing diabetes type 2.

Of course, research dealt with “moderate and normal” amounts of coffee and tea, while it is generally known that large amounts of tea and coffee on a daily level are harmful to our health.

Tea or Coffee

Teas and coffee fall into a group of pleasure food. Even though there are a lot of differences between them, tea and coffee contain caffeine. White tea has the least amount of caffeine (that is theine, however it was proven that chemical formula of theine is identical to the formula of caffeine and therefore we are talking about caffeine), green tea is a little more caffeine and black has the most, which is still a small amount when compare to coffee. Unlike these teas, white tea, that is infusions. In their composition don’t have any caffeine (that is theine).

It is important to mention that the amount of caffeine depends on the time the bag is held in the water. it’s not the same if you leave the bag of green tea for 1 minute or 4 minutes…. Another tip, for those that are not well informed, green and white tea are not made with boiling water, only black, because in that way you will destroy catechins (anti-oxidants).

There are hundreds of proven facts regarding positive effect of tea of which it is only worthwhile to mention its detoxification effect. They help purify the organism and in a natural way improve discharge harmful product from the body. They contain large amounts of anti-oxidants, (catechins and polyphenols, depending of are we talking about black or green tea).

Infusions act soothing on the organism and there are hundreds of them…. From chamomile which, for example, improves sleep and influences on calming down the nervous system, to nettle, thyme and so on, which effect different organs (beneficially of course).

They do not contain anti-oxidants. There only one infusion which contains anti-oxidants, in a larger amount than black, green or white tea and it is African Rooibos tea. A very good thing with it is that is naturally does not contain caffeine. Therefore it is located above all these teas and infusions if we were to make a “quality” ladder.

From previous text the reader can get an impression that there is something bad about caffeine…. The answer is yes and no, if you are cautious No, and if you exaggerate Yes-caffeine is bad. In smaller amounts (white or green tea are ideal) caffeine has a favorable effect because it awakens your nervous system and influences the brain and organism, concentration and burning of fat. However, bad side of caffeine is that it has a bad influence on the health of bones and osteoporosis. Besides it affects the increases of blood pressure, which directly influences the danger of heart attack, development of anxiety and in part creates addiction.

As far as coffee goes, all nutritionists advise its reduction, and it is ideal to remove it completely from use.  Bad sides are that it contains large amounts of caffeine, and it should be drunk with sugar or artificial sweeteners. And it increases the desire to smoke.

Drinking coffee or TEA WITH MILK can be characterized as a good habit due to listed negative influence of caffeine on bones, because calcium from milk will :cancel” that effect. So that coffee with milk is a better option than coffee with sugar.

The most important negative side of coffee is that it contains anti-oxidants, act “sourly” on the organism, unlike tea. That is, it increases pH (acidity) value of the organism.

Try replacing one cup of coffee with a cup of tea. There is a lot of people that in relatively short time completely removed coffee from their diet, and now they drink green of black tea in the morning.

In the afternoon and in the evening herbal tea are ideal due to relaxing effect and because they do not contains caffeine that can disturb your natural biorhythm or sleep.

Sugar, honey or lemon should not be put in black, green or white tea.

For the end, conclusion: of course that coffee is not the worst thing or habit in the world in your everyday diet, but substitution, even partial with teas that have plenty of good qualities, will make you a healthier person. We always go back to the Japanese people…. What do you think, are they drink a coffee? Of course not, green tea is practically water to them….

Green Tea Is The Best Alternative For Caffeine

We find caffeine as an additive in many foods and beverages daily, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and many other foods. Often we rely on caffeinated products whose rise our energy when we feel tired or our concentration fades. Many of us have problem to “survive” the day if we don’t take our dose of caffeine. Caffeine is very difficult to avoid completely because its use is widespread, but if you take in excessive quantities, do you think that it could (and how much) have a negative impact on your health? Given the fact that coffee contains the most caffeine can green tea be an alternative to the daily dose of caffeine?

Medical studies reveal that excessive caffeine consumption, or even moderate caffeine intake in children and people who are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine – Caffeine can cause organism poisoning. Symptoms of excessive caffeine are anxiety, impatience, insomnia and irritability, nervousness, frequent urination or problems with digestion. Attempts to leave completely caffeine can cause severe headaches, anxiety and even tremors.

Studies also suggest that pregnant women, people with high blood pressure or heart disease, people who have had a stroke in the past and the elderly should very carefully monitor their daily intake of caffeine. People who suffer from anxiety have much more rapid reaction to the side effects. Fortunately, there are healthier alternatives that can provide a supplement to the energy that we so much need.

Green tea is used for centuries for its medicinal properties, as a beneficial effect on practically everything from headaches to depression. The ancient Chinese herb contains catechin polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants that protect the liver from harmful substances and allow its normal operation. Antioxidants “pick up” free radicals in the body and are useful for the prevention of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as stroke, arthritis, diabetes and degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Theanine, another important substance that is naturally found in green tea has a calming effect on the human body, and is known to relieve the anxiety and partially neutralize the high blood pressure which is the result of caffeine. It is often used to regulate a number of skin problems such as acne or eczema.

Green tea also contains caffeine like any other tea, but its quantity is very small so the probability for negative effects is reduced to minimum. Since the list of beneficial effects of daily use of green tea is very high, there is no reason not to gradually discard your bad habit, or at least reduce the number of coffees, and switch to green tea blend that suits you.

If you are in doubt whether do TEA or COFFEE work better for you, choose tea as a healthier alternative.