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Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, eat­ing higher amounts of a com­pound found in citrus fruits such as or­anges and grape­fruit may lower the risk of is­chemic stroke for women. Those who ate the high­est amounts of citrus had a 19 per cent lower risk of is­chemic stroke than women who con­sumed the least. As an ex­cel­lent source of the strong an­tiox­i­dant vi­ta­min C, or­anges can also help to com­bat the for­ma­tion of free rad­i­cals that cause cancer. While an ad­e­quate vi­ta­min C in­take is nec­es­sary and very ben­e­fi­cial as an an­tiox­i­dant, the amount nec­es­sary for ther­a­peu­tic pur­poses for cancer is more than we can con­sume. Also, the fi­bre, potas­sium, vi­ta­min C and choline con­tent in or­anges all sup­port heart health.

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