Drinking coffee may lower stroke risk

February 25, 2010 2:32:17 PM PST
Our nation's love affair with coffee may come with a significant bonus.

New research suggests coffee drinking may actually lower the odds of having a stroke.

According to research from the International Stroke Conference in San Antonio, those who consumed coffee were 27 percent less likely to experience a stroke than those who did not drink coffee.

And, surprisingly, decaffeinated coffee offered the same benefits so doctors say it's not caffeine that is causing the reduction in death risk. They suspect antioxidants in coffee may lower inflammation in blood vessels.

Still, experts say, people should start drinking coffee to help their circulation and they warn too much caffeine can cause insomnia.