Stop strokes with fruit
Turns out it might be an orange a day that keeps the doctor away. A new study of almost 70,000 women found that citrus reduces your risk of stroke. The study, published in the American Heart Association's journal, Stroke, found that women who had the highest intake of flavanones, a type of antioxidant found in citrus fruits, had the fewest strokes. So how do these antioxidants protect us? "Flavanones can improve blood vessel function and have anti-inflammatory effects," says study researcher Aedin Cassidy.
Bottom line: Add an orange or grapefruit to your morning meal for a boost of flavanones, fibre and vitamins. Just stick to the whole fruits rather than juice, as they contain higher in flavanone levels. They're lower in calories and sugar, too!