Peel Some Protection

By Health Day

Oranges and grapefruit may offer an appealing way to protect yourself from a major cause of disability.

Health experts know that eating more fruits and vegetables may make you less likely to have a stroke.

In a new study, researchers wanted to learn more about which types may offer the most protection.

They followed nearly 70,000 women for 14 years. Every few years, the researchers asked the women about their diet, and kept records of how many had a stroke.

Women who consumed the most citrus fruits and juices tended to have a lower risk of ischemic stroke compared to women who ate the least. This type of stroke is caused by blockages in the brain's blood vessels.

According to the researchers, components called flavonoids in fruits and vegetables may be responsible for some of the stroke protection they offer. In the new study, a type of flavonoid called flavonones was linked to the lower stroke risk.

The main sources of these in women's diets were grapefruit, oranges, and juices from these fruit.

If you want to tap into the protection that these may offer, the researchers recommend sticking with the whole fruit. That's because store-bought juices tend to contain a lot of sugar.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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