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Sabtu, 24 September 2011

Eat an Apple Every Day Can Prevent Stroke

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Never underestimate an apple. Besides the sweet taste, Apples also contain many vitamins, minerals and other elements like phytochemicals, fiber, tannins, baron, tartar acid, and others which is indispensable for the body to prevent and combat various diseases.

Believe it or not, eat an apple or pear a day it can cut your risk of stroke by 50 percent. Nutrition experts believe, contain compounds quercetin in both examples the fruit plays an important role in the fight against stroke.

Researchers said the biochemistry is able to reduce inflammation, which is associated with hardening of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease.

Researchers at the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, involving about 20,000 adults. They found that volunteers who ate more fruits and vegetables have a white fleshy lower risk of suffering a stroke more than 10 years. They take into account, the risk of stroke decreased nine percent each consume 25 grams of apples or pears per day.

Given that the average size of an apple or pear weigh between 100 grams and 125 grams, that means, in a day will reduce the risk of stroke between 36-45 percent.

"Eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables are white may be useful in preventing strokes. For example, eating an apple a day is an easy way to increase your intake of white fruits and vegetables," said Linda Oude Griep, the study's lead author, who published his research in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"However, the group of fruits and other colored vegetables might be protecting you against other chronic diseases. Therefore, it is still important to consume plenty of fruits and vegetables," he added

Researchers reveal the existence of the compound quercetin (stroke-fighting) not only found in apples and pears, but also on raspberries, tomatoes, red grapes, broccoli, and onions.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sharlin Ahmed from The Stroke Association said the main message of the findings to show that fruit and vegetables are good foods to reduce the risk of stroke, regardless of color.

"It's interesting to see these findings that the white fleshy fruit and vegetables, like apples and pears, can reduce the risk of stroke. However, this should not deter people to continue eating fruits and vegetables with other colors. For all types of fruits and vegetables has health benefits and remains a vital part of a balanced diet, "he said.

"Everyone can reduce the risk of stroke with a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat and salt, exercise regularly and make sure that your blood pressure within normal limits," he said.

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