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The Benefits of Caffeine Can Lower Stroke Risk

Did you know that your morning coffee may have benefits to your health that you didn't know about?   It seems that the energy effects from coffee are obvious, however there are health benefits as well.  Recently it has been shown in studies that if you are a coffee drinker who drinks three to five cups of coffee each day can reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, gout, Parkinson's disease, and cancer.  Caffeine also taken in the morning either by beverage or powder can give you higher memory retention and also help with attention span. 

 Even though there are health benefits, there are some negative effects of coffee as well.  The two chemicals that are a natural part of the coffee bean, cafestol and kahweol, can cause an increase in cholesterol.  This increase can pose a risk of heart disease.  If you use caffeine powder, the benefit can be a better choice, you avoid the chemicals from the coffee bean.  Plus you can add caffeine powder to any type of food or beverage. 

 There is a new health benefit that was recently found by Swedish researchers regarding the effects of caffeine on middle-aged women.  It was found that caffeine had a positive effect on reducing the risk of strokes in middle-aged women and older.  It put down the concept that coffee consumption, or caffeine was bad for your health.  It was shown that women who drank one or more cups of coffee a day would have less risk of a stroke compared to those who didn’t.

 The study followed 35,000 women from the age of 49 to 83 years old, over a 10 year period.  The results of the women who drank coffee daily had a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than the women who did not drink coffee. 

The effect of coffee on the subjects are still being investigated, however, some feel that the coffee or caffeine may cause a reduction of inflammation and increase the responsiveness to insulin which together can create a lower risk of stroke.

Drinking coffee moderately is the key to any benefits with this beverage.  The addictive qualities of caffeine and the effects of the coffee bean can lead to serious health issues.  If used moderately, the result can be a positive health benefit for you.