Both green tea and coffee may help lower stroke risk, new research indicates. The effects are more potent when both beverages are part of a person’s diet.

Researchers asked 83,269 Japanese adults about their green tea and coffee drinking habits, following them for an average 13 years, according to a press release from the American Heart Association. They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks.

• People who drank at least one cup of coffee daily had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it.

• People who drank two to three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups had a 20 percent lower risk, compared to those who rarely drank it.

• People who drank at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, compared to those who rarely drank either beverage.

Participants in the study were 45 to 74 years old, almost evenly divided in gender, and were free from cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The research was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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