We know you’ve heard the saying “an apple a day…” well that isn’t just an old wives tale it’s actually one of the few natural ways to prevent a stroke.
A recent study conducted by universities in the Netherlands and Maryland followed 20,000 adults over a period of 10 years. By tracking the participants, researchers were able to determine a link between the color of fruits and vegetables eaten and the connection to lowering risk of stroke.
The fruits specifically consumed were apples, bananas, and pears – they provided extra protection by lowering risk by 9% against a stroke incident.
White fleshed fruits are particular to a major category of fruits and vegetables that include: apples, pears, bananas, chicory, cucumbers, and cauliflower. These contain an unusually high amount of flavonoids like carotenoid, anthocyanidin, and quercetin.
Quercetin in this combination of antioxidants acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory agent, searching for free radicals and oxidized LDL. This reaction from the flavonoids reduces LDL cholesterol.
Once LDL “bad” cholesterol has become oxidized LDL, it produces inflammation in arteries that are part of your vital organ blood supply, and can increase your risk of having a stroke or even a heart attack.
Additional research is needed to find out why white fruit flesh was important, but the findings show that people with a high intake of pears, bananas, apples, or cauliflower reduce their risk of stroke by as much as 52%.
Dr. Linda Oude Griep from Wageningen University in the Netherlands said, “Eating one apple a day is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake” and can contribute in one of the ways to prevent a stroke.