24 Feb '12, 2pm

Eating citrus lowers women's stroke risk

Eating citrus lowers women's stroke risk

WASHINGTON - Women who regularly eat citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit may have a lower risk of blood-clot related stroke, according to a U.S. study published on Feb. 23. Researchers looked at 14 years of data from a US nurses survey that included 69,622 women who reported what they ate, including details on fruit and vegetable consumption, every four years. The aim was to study the effects of flavonoids — a class of compounds present in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate and red wine — on health. While total flavonoid consumption across all six main types found in the typical U.S. diet did not show a benefit in preventing stroke, those who ate lots of oranges and grapefruit and their derived juices showed a 19 percent lower stroke risk than their counterparts in the study. "Studies have shown higher fruit, vegetable and specifically vitamin C intake is associat...

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