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Here is an interesting article from the Apple Boost online newsletter regarding flavonols and health: (March 2nd, 2010; Issue #13)
Flavorful Flavonols Beat Stroke By Suzanne W. Dixon, MPH, MS, RD
Stroke causes untold amounts of suffering and disability. Nearly 1 out of 5 people, 45 years of age and older, have reported at least one stroke symptom. Fortunately, there may be something you can do to lower your own stroke risk.
Researchers used a process called meta-analysis to combine and analyze data from six previous studies on diet and stroke. A meta-analysis allows for large numbers of people to be studied together. The large study size increases the likelihood that relationships between diet and stroke risk will be discovered, if they exist.
After following nearly 100,000 people for between 6 and 28 years, the researchers found that people who ate the most flavonols slashed stroke risk by 20%.
Flavonols are nutrients found in a variety of healthy foods, including tea, apples, broccoli and onions. You can’t take a flavonol supplement and you wouldn’t want to anyway. Instead, you can get the full benefit of these healthful nutrients by focusing on food.
Enjoy green or black tea with meals and for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Have an apple with a smear of peanut butter for a quick, healthy snack. And don’t forget to throw plenty of broccoli and onions into your next stir-fry, pasta dish, soup, or casserole.
1. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2009 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Accessed February 10, 2010. Available at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/11 9/3/e21.pdf. 2. Hollman PCH, Geelen A, Kromhout D. Dietary Flavonol Intake May Lower Stroke Risk in Men and Women. Journal of Nutrition. Jan 20, 2010. [Published Online Before Print].
Edited by: TREATL at: 3/2/2010 (23:12)
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