Super Fruits: Do Apples Decrease Stroke Risk?

By Home Care Assistance, 6:27 pm on

Growing research is showing that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Dutch researchers are finding links between regularly enjoying apples and a decreased risk of stroke. In fact, those who ate more fruits and vegetables in a range of colors had a 52 percent lower occurrence of strokes. Do you have an aging loved one who has recently suffered from a stroke? Learn more about stroke care in Denton and Collin County and provide your aging loved one with the specialty assistance they need from the comfort of home.

  • Apples are a Great Choice – Researchers note that eating 25-grams of white fruits or vegetables a day lowers the risk of stroke significantly. Apples are a top choice because they contain 120 grams on average. However, you can also choose other white fruits, including pears, bananas, cauliflower, cucumbers and chicory to reach your daily goal.
  • Carotenoids and Flavonoids – The white color of apples reflects their high levels of carotenoids and flavonoids. Researchers have known for years that diets high in antioxidants can help protect you against strokes. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds that attract free radicals before they can cause serious damage to the cells in your body. Researchers believe that this is why apples are so effective in aiding vascular function, lowering blood pressure and ultimately reducing the risk of stroke.
  • Getting more Apples into the Diet – All of this information is great if you have a senior in your home who loves apples, but it can be challenging if the person you’re caring for never liked the classic fruit. Sneak apples into fruit smoothies featuring their favorite flavors. Dice the apples small and slip them into salads. Dry them and serve them as a fun little snack. You can also add more apple sauce and juice to your loved one’s diet.

For other stroke prevention tips, visit www.homecareassistancedenton.com or contact a Care Manager today at 972-468-6010. Our phone lines are open 24/7 and we’re happy to provide any information about senior care and health and wellness.