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Women: Drink you OJ! It may save you from a stroke!

By Heather MacGibbon Subscribe to RSS | March 7th 2012 | Views:

While not direct parts of your GYN care, in an effort of promote general women’s health Parkmed wanted to made patients aware of this new health study.

A new study out of Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia in the UK published in online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association claims that eating citrus fruits, particularly oranges and grapefruit which contain Flavonoids, lower women’s risk of ischemic or clot related stroke.

Flavonoids are a group of compounds thought to contribute to health improvements. They are found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate and red wine. This is why we occasionally see report stating that women should drink more red wine or indulge dark chocolate.

For their study, Dr Aedin Cassidy and colleagues examined data from the Nurse's Health Study. A US based study which is one of the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health.

The team analyzed information from a 14 year study including 69,622 female participants who reported their dietary intake every four years, including details of the fruits and vegetables consumption.

Researchers looked for links between the six major subclasses of flavonoids commonly present in the American diet and risk of ischemic, hemorrhagic and total stroke.

Researchers were surprised to find a strong link between high consumption of flavonones in citrus fruits and reduced stroke risk. They discovered that women with the largest intake of these fruits had a 19% lower rate of stroke.

Paddock, Catherine. “Citrus Fruit May Help Women Reduce Risk of Stroke” in Medical News Today February 25, 2012 <>

"Dietary Flavonoids and Risk of Stroke in Women"; Aedín Cassidy, Eric B. Rimm, Éilis J. O'Reilly, Giancarlo Logroscino, Colin Kay, Stephanie E. Chiuve, and Kathryn M. Rexrode; Stroke published online before print 23 February 2012; DOI:10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.637835; Link to Abstract.

Additional source: AHA

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