green tea reduces risk of death after heart attack or stroke

If you’ve survived a stroke or heart attack, then you should be enjoying the taste and benefit of a nice, hot cup of tea. Green tea that is.

Several studies have shown that flavonoids reduce the risk of stroke. That’s one of the reasons why dark chocolate is so good at preventing strokes. But green tea is loaded in flavonoids too. And several studies have already shown that the flavonoids in green tea are great for preventing strokes (Stroke 2009;40(7):2480-5; Stroke 2013;44:1369–1374; Prev Nutr Fod Sci 2019;24(1):24-31).

Now a huge, new Japanese study gives you reason to drink green tea even if you’ve already suffered a stroke.

The study followed 46,213 people for an average of 18.5 years. The study found that drinking green tea was associated with a lower risk of dying from any cause during the study among people who had survived a stroke or heart attack. If you have suffered a stroke, drinking even 1 cup of green tea a day can protect you. Stroke survivors who drank about one cup a day were 27% less likely to die during the study. And the more they drank, the better it got. 1-2 cups a day reduced the risk by 35%, 3-4 cups a day by 44%, 5-6 cups by 48% and at 7 cups a day, the odds of dying during the study dropped by 62%.

Green tea offered similar protection for heart attack survivors, peaking at 53% reduced risk.

By the way, if coffee is your drink, drinking coffee reduced the risk of all-cause mortality for people without a history of stroke or heart attack, and it also reduced the risk for heart attack survivors but not for stroke survivors.

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