An orange a day keeps stroke away

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Flavanone in oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit may modestly reduce stroke risk among women.

Women with the highest levels of flavanone in their diet were 19% less likely to have an ischemic stroke during 14 years of follow-up than those with the least flavanone intake reports Aedín Cassidy, PhD, of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England in April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Most of the flavanones consumed by women in the study came from orange and grapefruit juice (63%). But eating the whole fruit would likely be a better way to boost intake.

Flavanones are one of six types of commonly consumed flavonoids