Eating Fruit May Help Prevent Aneurysms

FruitIt is not any surprise to hear that consuming fruit, at least 2 servings a day is good for our health. Along with vegetables, fruit has more vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients than anything else we eat.  A new study now shows that eating two servings of fruit a day may also help reduce the risk of aneurysms, specifically an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

With an abdominal aortic aneurysm, the lower part of the aorta that runs through the abdomen becomes enlarged, and if not carefully monitored and treated, you run the risk of it bursting, causing risk of bleeding to death.

Just recently, the journal Circulation conducted a research, analyzing more than 80,000 people between the ages of 46 and 84 from Sweden. In this 13 year study, 1,100 participants had aneurysms, 222 of them which ruptured.

The study showed that those who had two servings of fruit a day had a 25% less chance of developing an aneurysms, and a 43% less chance of having the aneurysm burst. Counsel and Heal, who conducted the study, stated that the antioxidants found in fruit helps fight the inflammation, fighting against the aneurysm.

Counsel and Heal also was quoted by saying,


A high consumption of fruits may help to prevent many vascular diseases, and our study suggests that a lower risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm will be among the benefits,” lead author Dr. Otto Stackelberg, a Ph.D. student in the nutritional epidemiology unit of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said in a press release.”



By Chris Haro