Do you know that citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange can lower the risk of ischemic strokes, especially in women?
According to Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Associate, the study reported that people with a high intake of flavanones, a sub-class of flavonoids, found greatly concentrated in orange and grapefruit, associated with a 19 percent lower the risk of ischemic stroke.
Researchers also found that naringenin, an antioxidant extracting from the bitter flavor of grapefruit, and other citrus, help people who have diabetes.
Instead of storing fat, naringenin causes the liver to break down fats, and increasing insulin sensitivity. These two processes usually happen during the time of long fasting. Scientists suggest that this natural compound acting as lipid-lowering and anti-diabetics drugs.
The naringenin can also aid in weight control, as well as regulating blood sugar levels. Both are beneficial components in treating Type-2 diabetes, without any side effects.
Orange and orange juice have 82 percent of flavanones, while grapefruit and grapefruit juice has 14 percent flavanones.
Fresh oranges and grapefruits are best as there is too much sugar added in the commercial juices. So increase your consumption of fresh citrus fruits to lower the risk of having stroke!