An orange a day may keep heart disease away
Orange and grapefruits contain chemicals that can keep arteries healthy and
prevent a heart attack, says a study that suggests that eating at least one
orange a day could keep cardiac disease away.
The citrus fruits contain the compounds flavanones that reduced blood
cholesterol levels by 20-25 percent during a study on rats, reported the
online edition of Daily Mail.
The researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem reported to Chemical and Industry magazine that flavanones not only reduced levels of bad LDL cholesterol but also increased the ratio of good HDL cholesterol.
The findings could help explain why those who live in the Mediterranean tend
to live longer and have lower levels of heart disease than those in northern
It is suggested that those with high cholesterol try eating a diet rich in
citrus fruits as a first alternative drugs such as statins.
It is already known that grapefruit consumption can have an effect on
cholesterol levels by changing the way the liver functions - so much so that
doctors warn patients who are prescribed statins not to eat grapefruit
because it can increase the effect of the drugs.