While citrus fruits have long been known as a source of vitamin C, a new study suggests they may have an additional benefit – reducing the risk of stroke in women. The study, published in the American Heart Association’s Stroke journal, found that women with the highest concentration of citrus fruits in their diet had a 19% lower risk of ischemic stroke than those who are the lowest amounts. Study authors caution that more research needs to be done, but attribute citrus fruits’ reduction of stroke risk to flavanones, a subgroup of flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits and may improve blood vessel health. Keep that in mind the next time life gives you lemons – or, for that matter, limes, oranges or grapefruits. In fact, type any of these fruits into the search field at cleaneating.com and choose form tons of recipes that incorporate nutrient-rich citrus!
Add a touch of warmth and sweetness to your black coffee with a dash of ground cinnamon. For maximum flavor, sprinkle cinnamon in the coffee mill with your whole beans and grind to thoroughly combine.