A morning caffeine fix might do more than perk you up – it could save your life.
Women who drink more than a cup of coffee a day can lower their risk of having a stroke by 25 per cent, research shows. Those with little or no coffee intake, however, are more likely to suffer from the condition. The findings are the latest to challenge a common belief that coffee is bad for people’s health.Scientists stress they have yet to prove it reduces stroke risk, but their work could have major public health implications.
Researcher Dr Susanna Larsson, of the National Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, said coffee was one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world.
‘Therefore, even small health effects of substances in coffee may have large public health consequences,’ she said.