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Just when you thought you've heard it all, a new study has revealed that drinking coffee lowers stroke risk.  

coffeeAll of us "coffee drinkers" stress over the negative effects while sipping our daily cups of coffee. This new study might just put our mind at ease.  

Over 83 thousand women participated in the Nurses' Health Study that was published in the "Journal of the American Heart Association", which announced that women who drink four cups of coffee a day can reduce their risk of stroke by as much as 20 percent, compared to women who drink less than one cup per month. Women who consume two to three cups a day reduce their risk by 19 percent, and women who drink five to seven cups a week reduce their risk by 12 percent.

Before you get all excited, take into consideration that in order to benefit from all this coffee drinking and reduce the risk of heart decease, you need to have normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol, no diabetes, and of course you cannot be a smoker.

Ironically enough caffeine doesn't appear to be the benefiting component.  Women who drink tea and caffeinated soft drinks did not see the same results. "This finding supports the hypothesis that components in coffee other than caffeine may be responsible for the potential beneficial effect of coffee on stroke risk," said Esther Lopez-Garcia, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain and author of this study in the press release "Antioxidants in coffee lower inflammation and improve blood vessel function."

I'm on my third cup of coffee this morning, and feeling pretty good about it.



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