Tomatoes May Protect Against Stroke

NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) — Stroke prevention may be found in a bottle of ketchup. A new study shows that people with the highest amounts of lycopene in their blood, which is an antioxidant found in tomatoes, were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest levels.

“This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke,” study author Dr. Jouni Karppi, a researcher in the department of medicine and public health at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, said in a press release.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, taking 137,000 lives each year. About 795,000 Americans will suffer a new or recurrent stroke in 2012, according to the American Stroke Association, approximately one stroke every 40 seconds.

The cardiovascular event can be caused either by a clot blocking blood flow to the brain, an ischemic stroke, or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain, a hemorrhagic stroke. Temporary blood clots may cause TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), also known as “mini strokes.”

blog comments powered by Disqus
Vietnam Veterans' Bond Forged Again With Kidney DonationServing together in Vietnam, John Middaugh and Henry "Bill" Warner forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. A world and nearly a half a century away from the war zone where they'd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way: by giving one of his kidneys.
Dr. Paul Bearer II Tombstone Tales | Halloween EditionOn Sunday, October 25th, Dr. Paul Bearer II returned to the Tenement Castle for an afternoon of HORRORble movies.

Listen Live