There seems to be a wee bit of confusion on this fine St. Patrick’s Day. Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes or rats? Well, as any good Irishman can tell ya. He got rid of the snakes and left the rats alone and it’s a glad thing that he did.
Studies conducted in the late 1990’s has shown that when strokes were induced in lab rats, an alcohol and caffeine combination was found to protect their brains.
Studies in the UK have also found that stroke patients may benefit more from an alcohol and caffeine – a medical equivalent of an Irish coffee – combination, than from some conventional drugs.
Researchers have stressed that more tests need to be conducted before the full benefits for humans could be evaluated . Obviously the drug companies are not going to fund these test but I for one would volunteer for this study.
As I’ve had the luck of the Irish and have never had a stroke I would be in the prevention control group. I’ll be training tonight with an Irish coffee after my shepherd’s pie. I’ll be drinking it in style from my Irish Coffee Mug. You can get your own from Amazon. Check them out here http://amzn.to/1S6rHBv and they’ve got great deals on coffee at http://amzn.to/1pOszlk.
Please note – caution is needed here. Please do not attempt to self-medicate if you are a stroke victim or have any other health issue. Follow your doctor’s orders and use alcohol responsibly.
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow…