Flavanones, a specific compound found in fruit, could be the key to protecting women from one specific type of stroke, according to a new study.
A diet that includes plenty of citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits, may decrease the risk of one type of stroke in women, according to a new study. Flavanones, a specific compound found in citrus, may be the key.
Researchers at Norwich Medical School in the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom, used data collected over 14 years from the Nurses' Health Study. The data included reports from nearly 70,000 women who reported their food consumption, including details about their fruit and vegetable intake, every four years. The relationship between six main subclasses of flavonoids was examined to determine the risk of ischemic, hemorrhagic, and total stroke.
While no benefit was found between total flavonoid consumption and the risk of stroke, women who consumed greater amounts of flavanones, the compound found in citrus fruits, had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who ate the least amounts. An ischemic stroke is caused by an obstruction in the blood flow to the brain, usually a blood clot.