Another study adds to the evidence that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can guard against stroke. A large-scale Swedish survey found that women whose diet was high in antioxidants had a lower risk of stroke — even if they already had heart disease.
Antioxidants are compounds that combat free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation that can lead to disease. They are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and tea.
The study, published in the medical journal Stroke, looked at how many of these foods middle-aged and elderly women regularly ate — and whether they had a stroke. Women who had no cardiovascular disease at the start of the study and ate the most fruit and vegetables had a 17% lower risk of any kind of stroke. Women with heart disease who consumed the most antioxidants had a 57% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
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