Health.com: 17 Surprising Things That Affect Stroke Risk

Eat Tomatoes

As part of a fruit-and-veggie-rich diet, think about loading up on lycopene, the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red hue.

In a recent study, men with the greatest blood levels of lycopene were 55% less likely to have any kind of stroke—and 59% less likely to have an ischemic stroke, in particular—than men with the lowest lycopene levels.

The highest concentrations of this micronutrient are found in intensely red products such as tomato paste and tomato puree. Other good sources include vegetable juice cocktail, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and guava.

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