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These 4 Foods Sitting In Your Kitchen Cabinet Are All You Need To Keep Stroke Away

posted on 8/17/2016 Facebook Facebook

When one talks about stroke, our mind unconditionally links it to an unpredictable and often tragic condition that occurs in old age. But the catch is that stroke doesn’t have to be an old man’s diseases at all. It is often a condition that is made more probable by controllable lifestyle factors. A sedentary lifestyle marked by unhealthy eating habits, lack of enough physical activity, poor sleeping habits all put you at an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases and in turn stroke. 

While efficient management of lifestyle factors is your first step towards cutting your risk of stroke, natural remedies can also be a healthy partner to target these lifestyle factors to keep you away from stroke. Below is a list of five foods to prevent and fight stroke. 

1. Turmeric 

Our favorite, Curcuma longa aka turmeric, is a potent anti-inflammatory agent which protects the brain from any damage that might result in the formation of blood clots and thus stroke. The neuro-protective properties of turmeric may also decrease the amount of brain damage following a stroke. Turmeric also prevents the buildup of platelets at the site of an injured blood vessel (atherosclerotic plaque) which blocks the flow of blood to the brain. 

2. Garlic 

Clinical studies have suggested that garlic with its, anti-coagulant, anti-hypertensive and cholesterol lowering properties can prevent an episode of ischemic stroke in high risk population. It prevents the formation of blood clots and destroys plaques which deposit on the walls of arteries and block the flow of blood to your heart or brain resulting in a heart attack or stroke. 

3. Fatty Fish 

Fish, especially salmon, rainbow trout, sardines and mackerel, are high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fat, which can help prevent blood clotting, reducing the risk of stroke. Omega-3 fat also helps lower triglycerides, a type of blood fat that’s linked to heart disease. However, make sure you don’t fry your catch of the day. People who eat broiled or baked fish have seen to benefit from its stroke lowering properties.

4. Tomatoes

 They are widely appreciated for their succulent nature and are enjoyed my many on their sandwiches and in sauces. However, tomatoes are far more than just a delicious fruit. Apart from being rich in vitamin A and C which are known for their blood pressure lowering properties, tomatoes also contain lycopene—a carotenoid which gives the fruit its red colour. Lycopene is also a powerful antioxidant that eliminates dangerous free radicals that can damage DNA and other fragile cell structures. Lycopene, in addition to its ability to attack free radicals, may also reduce inflammation and cholesterol, improve immune function, and prevent blood from clotting. All of these may help reduce ischemic strokes, which are caused by clot-caused blockages in blood flow to the brain. 

It is recommended to talk to your healthcare provider or physician before you make these additions to your diet plan. If you have a family history of stroke, cardiovascular diseases or high cholesterol you can benefit from a personal genomics test. A personal genomics test will check your DNA and assess you diseases risk. Speak to our genetic counsellors today. Write to us at: info@positivebioscience.com or call on 1800 3070 6727 (Toll free).

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