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Flavonoid-rich fruit may reduce chances for heart disease
Earlier studies found antioxidant flavonoids from fruit reduced chances of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women, but there is little information on flavonoid effects in men. In this study, doctors measured levels of fruit-sourced anthocyanins and flavanones in the diets of 43,880 men and followed up for 24 years.

Overall, men who got the most flavonoids from fruit were 13 percent less likely to have a non-fatal heart attack compared to men who got the least flavonoids, and were 22 percent less likely to have an ischemic stroke, where blood supply is reduced to the brain. In men with normal, not elevated, blood pressure, those who got the most flavonoids were 19 percent less likely to have a non-fatal heart attack. Doctors said that certain flavonoids—anthocyanins—tended to protect the heart, and the flavonoids known as flavanones protected against stroke.


Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; August, 2016, Published Online.
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