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How Can Citrus Fruits Help a Woman's Heart? Featured

Written by  05 Jul 2012 816

Are you tired of all the suggestions about heart risk flying all around you and what you must do to minimize it? Well, here is an easy practice for any woman that will surely reduce your heart risks. Recent researches suggest that when women eat citrus fruits, certain compound in it, reduces the risk of ischemic heart risks in women significantly. Here is how it goes around doing its job:

The Compound

Flavonoid is a compound present in ample amounts in citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits and oranges. This compound has been found in other sources like vegetables, dark chocolates and red wine. This compound helps in fighting heart diseases in women. Flavonoids provide the protection to the blood vessels by increased efficiency of the arteries and an anti-inflammatory effect. Research suggested that there are 6 major forms of flavonoids commonly available in your regular food intake. They are flavanones, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, flavonoid polymers, flavones and flavonols. They reduce the risk of haemorrhage and total stroke of the heart.

The Role Of Vitamin C

Researches have shown how important the consumption of Vitamin C is for women when comes the issue of heart risks. It is found in abundance in citrus fruits like oranges and other higher vegetables. Vitamin C is well known to instigate the reaction of flavonoids and research suggests that high intakes of Vitamin C have a positive correlation with increased flavonoid effectiveness.

The Medium

In case you are thinking of going to the nearest stationery shop and buying a truckload of fruit juices, stop right there. Researchers suggest that you should preferably have your dosage of flavonoids from natural fruits and higher vegetables rather than from red wine, dark chocolate or manufactured fruit juices. These products come with a number of other synthetic ingredients and they might hamper the full-fledged effectiveness of the flavonoid compound. These products are also enhanced for your taste bud by addition of sweeteners and other flavours which will nullify the positive effects of flavonoid in them.

Antioxidants

When you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, your body is supplemented with ample amounts of antioxidants. The presence of antioxidants helps the functionalities of flavonoid by reducing any heart risks that you might have (as an added effect over flavonoids). Antioxidants are found in citrus fruits and also in other white fruits like apples, pears and bananas.

Whatever might be your choice of citrus fruits, yellow or orange, you can rest assured that you are in taking ample amounts of flavonoids and Vitamin C in your body in order to reduce any impending heart risks. In case you are choosing other fruit options (non-citrus) ensure that they are rich in antioxidant content so that they can amanage your heart risks.

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