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Friday, December 02, 2011

Vegetables and Fruit and Strokes

Chemical reactions are constantly occurring inside human cells. These reactions create what are called free radicals, which are unpaired electrons. These little devils are chemically reactive and capable of causing tissue damage. Vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants that neutralize these free radicals. Ah ha, a high technology right at our finger tips.

A Swedish study reveals that a diet high in vegetables and fruit is associated with reduced incidence of stroke even in those with a prior history of heart disease. Interestingly, several studies have demonstrated that supplements containing antioxidants do not offer the same protection. Maybe it is the antioxidants in vegetables and fruit, maybe it is other compounds and maybe it is all of the above, but reducing the incidence of strokes is among many reasons to eat more vegetables and fruit. You already knew that, didn't you?

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