People who start their day with coffee or green tea a day may have reason to rejoice. A large study out of Japan’s National Cancer Center involving 90,000 people from middle-age up to 69 found that those who drank coffee or green tea lowered their risk of heart and cerebrovascular diseases. The study was conducted over 19 years and monitored the drinking habits of the participants. Depending on gender, participants experienced from 13 to 17 percent decrease in the likelihood of dying from one of these types of disease. This tracks well with a recent study in the U.S. that indicated health benefits for regular coffee drinkers. Another study indicates coffee helps to fight depression as well, so it appears to have wide ranging benefits.
Green tea has long been promoted for its health benefits due to the antioxidants it contains claims Ray Lane of Science Today. The benefits and risks of the caffeine in both drinks is still being debated, but green tea is generally considered, in nutritionally conscious circles, to be the healthier drink. However, it is good to know that if you enjoy a regular cup of coffee to get your day going that are also enjoying health benefits you probably didn’t even know about. Now if we can only kick the habit of having that donut with the cup of coffee maybe we Americans won’t be one of the fattest nations on earth.