Multiple Cups of Java May Reduce Stroke Risk in Women

Drinking that morning pot of jo may wake you up and reduce stroke risk.

ByABC News
March 10, 2011, 3:35 PM

March 11, 2011— -- Women coffee drinkers, unite. Multiple cups of java a day could actually reduce your risk of stroke ... maybe.

A new study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that women who drank more than one cup of coffee a day had about a 25 percent lower risk of stroke than women who drank less than that.

"More research is needed before implications for public health can be considered," Susanna Larsson, lead author of the study and a researcher in the division of nutritional epidemiology at the National Institute of Environmental Science in Stockholm, Sweden, told But at least coffee does not seem to cause harm, she said.

In 1997, researchers enrolled more than 34,000 women between the ages of 49 and 83 who were free of heart disease in the study, and followed them for about 10 years, concluding that coffee consumption may be linked to reduced stroke risk, cerebral infarction and subarachnoid hemorrhage in women.