A daily glass of OJ reduces risk of stroke by almost 25%
Great news, Uncle Matt’s lovers! Drinking a glass of orange juice each day may cut the risk of deadly strokes by almost a quarter, a major study published by the British Journal of Nutrition reports. Volunteers in the study who consumed a glass of juice a day saw their risk of a brain clot drop by 24%. This is according to the decade plus trial. Researchers in the Netherlands say it’s not just orange juice that has the benefit, other fruit juices also appear to cut the risk.
The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, the group behind the study, conducts major research investigating the influence of diet on a wide range of illnesses. Scientists at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment tracked nearly 35,000 men and women ages 20 through 70 for almost 15 years. They examined at how self-reported consumption of fruit juices compared with the numbers of strokes over that period.
The results showed four to eight glasses a week of orange or any other fruit juice cut stroke risk by almost a quarter. Even a glass every other day had significant benefits – lowering risk by 20 per cent. Rates of heart disease were also reduced in regular drinkers, who were 12 to 13 per cent less likely to suffer damaged arteries.
Juice is thought to contain many of the naturally-occurring plant substances found in whole fruit that can protect blood vessels against strokes and other disease.