Heart : Eat Your Fruit and Veggies (especially tomatoes) to Reduce Stroke Risk

High blood levels of lycopene, the carotenoid found primarily in tomatoes, may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of stroke. A new Finnish study followed more than 1,000 men ages 46 to 55 for more than 12 years and found that men with the highest lycopene levels were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest levels, even after controlling for diabetes and other risk factors. gI recommend that people eat fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, regularly,h says lead study author Dr. Jouni Karppi. gThe consumption of veg- etables is good for your health anyway, in addition to whatever protection it offers against stroke.h

gLycopene Linked to Reduced Stroke Riskh by Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, 10/15/12 gSerum Lycopene Decreases the Risk of Stroke in Men: A Population-Based Follow-Up Studyh by J. Karppi et al., Neurology, 10/12
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