In the newly published study, researchers have identified a compound named flavonoids abundant known as flavanones found in oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits that may lower a woman’s stroke risk.
Report came out with that women who eat more citrus fruits frequently in their daily diet had a 19% lower risk of suffering a blood-clot-related stroke than women with the lowest intake of this kind of fruits.
Along with researchers from Norwich Medical School in the United Kingdom, Kathryn M. Rexrode, MD, MPH, of Boston’s Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard colleagues conducted the study and attempted to better understand the impact of six specific subtypes of flavonoids on stroke risk.
They did this by analyzing 14 years of follow-up data on nearly 70,000 female nurses participating in a nationwide women’s health study.
At enrollment and every four years thereafter, the women were asked to fill out questionnaires detailing the foods they ate.
Among the different subtypes of flavonoids, higher flavanone intake mainly from citrus fruits was specifically associated with a lower risk.
Women whose diets included the most oranges, and orange and grapefruit juices, had the lowest stroke risk. For a recommendation after the report launched, the author said that anyone take flavanone supplements based on this research, and from now, whole citrus fruits should be added more in women’s diet.
The study appears in the April issue of the American Heart Association journalStroke.