Orange Stops Stroke

Preventing Blood Vessel Rupture

Orange healthy living magazine

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But if a GE apple isn’t available at the local supermarket, an ordinary orange can be of vital service. Vitamin C, found in fruits such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries, can reduce risk of hemorrhagic stroke, according to a study released at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Strokes are caused by clots or hemorrhages. The latter, although rare, occur in the brain and are frequently fatal. They are linked with a breakdown in vessel walls. Vitamin-C rich foods contain flavonoids that strengthen the fine capillaries and veins of the body.

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The study involved 130 people who had experienced an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke or blood vessel rupture inside the brain or did not. Persons with depleted vitamin C were at highest risk. “Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke,” said study author Stéphane Vannier, MD, with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France.

Espley RV, Butts CA, Laing WA, Martell S, Smith H, McGhie TK, Zhang J, Paturi G, Hedderley D, Bovy A, Schouten HJ, Putterill J, Allan AC, Hellens RP. Dietary flavonoids from modified apple reduce inflammation markers and modulate gut microbiota in mice. J Nutr. 2014 Feb;144(2):146-154. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.182659. E-pub 2013 Dec 18.
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