Eating citrus foods may reduce stroke risk
Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries.
The study involved 65 people who had experienced an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke, or a blood vessel rupture inside the brain. They were compared to 65 healthy people.
Participants were tested for the levels of vitamin C in their blood. Forty-one percent of cases had normal levels of vitamin C, 45 percent showed depleted levels of vitamin C and 14 percent were considered deficient of the vitamin.
“Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke , as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study,” study author Stephane Vannier , MD, with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France, said.
Vannier adds that vitamin C appears to have other benefits like creating collagen, a protein found in bones, skin and tissues.
The study will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
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