Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Article By Kyle J. Norton
What is stroke?
Stroke is defined as condition in which the brain function is interrupted rapidly due to the loss of blood supply
as a result of the blockage of blood such as thrombosis and arterial
embolism, or leakage of blood causes of the death of brain cells,
according to the article of Mitochondria, oxidative metabolism and cell death in stroke by Sims NR, Muyderman H (September 2009).
Stroke is caused by cholesterol build up in the arteries and high blood
pressure. In other words, if cholesterol building up in the arteries is
blocking the circulation of blood in any part of the body causing
oxygen not to be delivered to the brain, resulting in some cells in the
brain to die off and are unable reproduce,
Besides cancer and heart
diseases, stroke is the third leading cause of death. Approximate 1/4 of
all stroke victims die as a direct result of the stroke or it's
Women and stroke
to the statistic of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, strokes kill 45%
more women than men in Canada. In the study, published in the journal Neurology,
researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles monitored
17,000 people over a period of six years. They found the incidence of
stroke rising faster among women than men.When women reach the age of
45, the risk of stroke begins to rise rapidly, it may be due to levels
of estrogen has dropped significantly at age 45 and onward.
A. How to avoid
1. A healthy Diet
diet that is high in saturated fat and trans fat results in cholesterol
building up in the arteries and blood vessels obstructing the flow of
blood and damaging brain cells because of lack of oxygen causing stroke.
If we can consume less of processed foods, fatty animal meats and avoid
artificial chemicals and consume more healthy vegetables and fruits, we
can reduce the risk of stroke.
2. Put on a happy face
shows that people with depression have an increased risk of stroke.
Experts also found that people with elevated levels of depression will
increase the risk of stroke by 73%.
moderate exercise will help to improve circulation of blood flow and
lessen the risk of stroke that is caused by clogged blood vessels by 30%
because regular walking helps to lower high blood pressure and increase
levels of HDL.
4. Quit Smoking
Cigarettes contain toxic
chemicals cadmium together with heavy metals that cause blood clotting
in the arteries resulting in increased high blood pressure and risk of
heart diseases as well as stroke.
5. Reduce intake of alcohol
Excessive drinking increases high blood pressure, thus increasing the likelihood of stroke.
B. Nutritional Supplements
Three B-vitamins: folate, B-6, and B-12 can lower homocysteine, an amino acid that is found naturally in the body and study shows that the higher the level of homocysteine in the blood, the higher the risk of stroke.
is an antioxidant that may reduce oxidative stress to brain cells. Such
stress occurs when highly volatile forms of oxygen damage cell
structure. Study shows that beta- carotene helps to reduce the risk
against cerebral infraction and stroke.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to reduce arterial clotting.
is a powerful agent that helps to keep tissues and arteries elastic. It
also helps to reduce the stickiness of the blood and decreases the risk
of clotting, in turn lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke. Selenium increases the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Pycnogenol helps to keep collagen elastic and soften the blood platelets, making blood flow more efficiently.
6. Co enzyme Q-10
enzyme is a strong antioxidant that not only protects low density
lipoprotein LDL against oxidants, but also helps for getting oxygen to
is a fat-like substance called a phospholipid that helps to remove bad
cholesterol and other lipids from the body. It also protects the
arteries and organs from the build up of fatty tissue that can lead to
stroke or heart attack.
Melatonin is a
neurohormone produced in our body by the pineal gland. It is a powerful
antioxidant that easily penetrates the blood-brain barrier and is used
to treat thrombotic stroke.
9. Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to strengthen the arterial wall, lowering the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
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