Getting enough vitamin C to maintain healthy blood levelsmay significantly reduce your risk of stroke, say researchers from Finland. Theymeasured the blood levels of vitamin C in more than 2,400 middle-aged men withno history of stroke, then followed them for more than 10 years.
They found that men with the lowest blood levels ofvitamin C had more than double the risk of stroke as men with the highestlevels. Men who were also overweight or had high blood pressure more thantripled their risk.
Vitamin C may help reduce stroke risk by acting as anantioxidant, strengthening artery walls and preventing blood platelets fromclumping together and sticking to artery walls.
Although the researchers didn’t look at dietary intake,you can get near-maximal blood levels from foods like citrus juices, cantaloupe,strawberries, kiwifruit, mango, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers.
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