The Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, Volume 12 G, reported in 2013 that a diet rich in antioxidants could help prevent strokes. Tufts made this claim based on long term research recently completed in Sweden of 36,715 women who were followed for 11 years.
These were healthy women, initially free of cardiovascular disease. Those who ate the most dietary antioxidants were 17% less likely to have a stroke.
The study also followed 5,680 women who already had a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Those who ate the most antioxidant rich foods were 45% to 57% less likely to have a stroke.
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