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Habitual Consumption of Fresh Fruits Helps Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

Update Date: Apr 08, 2016 05:52 AM EDT

Fresh fruit lovers are on the topmost of the health pyramid as they will be unlikely to suffer a heart attack and stroke as pointed out in a recent study. 

This latest field work from the University of Oxford in UK which was spearheaded by Dr Huaidong Du established that those who consume fresh fruits on a strict habit have a lower risk of suffering such a serious attack in the heart and the brain which could lead to an untimely death, according to The New England Journal of Medicine.

Huaidong and his colleagues completed the 7-year span research with the help of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in which they pulled in a nationwide trial of 500,000 adults coming from various urban and rural areas in China. The group limited the scope of their study with individuals who did not have a past record of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

The study echoed in the details of the profits of having a diet rich in fiber which reduces the chances of a coronary heart disease and sodium which caters to normal cellular function. 

For the said duration, the individuals who consumed a half cup of fruit on a daily basis had their lower systolic blood pressure recorded at 4.0 mm Hg while having a blood glucose level of 9.0 mg per deciliter which however could be associated with the lower risk of such illnesses. However, only 18.0% of the registry were inclined to eat the fruit ration and with both men and women presenting the same results. Bear in mind also that the experiment mostly catered to unprocessed fruits which are abundant and more eaten as raw in China unlike in Western countries.

Zhengming Chen, an associate of Huaidong was quoted in The Express Tribune pronouncing:

"Widespread consumption of fresh fruit in China could prevent about half a million cardiovascular deaths a year, including 200,000 before age 70, and even larger numbers of non-fatal strokes and heart attacks." 

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