Oranges Can Reduce Stroke Risk

A new study finds that citrus fruits can reduce the risk of strokes in women

Add oranges to your list of must-eat superfoods.

Looks like us females will have to add citrus fruits onto the "healthy things to always eat" list.

A new study in the April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that women who ate the most citrus fruits were 19 percent less likely to have an ischemic stroke.

Fruits in general are healthy, obviously, but researchers broke down the study into different types of fruits, finding that not all fruits have the same effect.

The key in citrus fruits is a compound called flavanones, which the new study linked to a lower stroke risk. Study researcher Aedín Cassidy told Live Science that flavanones help improve blood vessel health and counter inflammation.

Unfortunately, researchers say women should eat whole fruits rather than juices, but that doesn't mean you can't try all our amazing citrus recipes. It'll probably count for something.


This post was originally published on February 23, 2012.