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.
The herb is extracted from the leaves of
the ginkgo biloba tree and was first used medicinally in China more than
4,000 years ago. Ginkgo biloba has the ability to increase the oxygen
content to the brain and other bodily tissues, improving circulation of
blood and improving cerebral tolerance to hypoxia. Study shows that
taking Ginkgo and other blood thinner medications together may increase
the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Be sure to consult with your
doctor before taking ginkgo biloba.
contains cardiotonic amines, polyphenols, and is a source of Vitamins C,
B, and many other nutrients that help in relaxing and dilating
arteries, increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to and from the heart
and maintaining healthy blood pressure resulting in lowered risk of stroke.
contains high amounts of antioxidants and elements that help to improve
blood circulation. It is dangerous to take garlic extract together with
blood thinner medications as we mentioned in a previous article.
contains an active ingredient called capsaicin that has the abilities
to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as preventing
heart diseases and stroke.
Blueberries are one
of the richest food sources of natural antioxidants readily available,
having more than twice the levels of other berries that helps to prevent
heart disease, stroke and internal bleeding.
is an excellent plant-source of calcium. It helps lower one-third of
the risk of succumbing to heart attack. Personally, I believe these
results also apply to ischemic strokes, because they are biologically so
similar to heart attack.
7. Willow bark
Willow bark has been
shown in several studies to reduce the risk of ischemic stroke by about
18 percent. Study shows that willow bark has the aspirin's ability to
prevent heart attacks, and also shows a slight increase in risk of hemorrhagic stroke from taking willow bark daily but the increase was small and not statistically significant.
This is another herb proven to have anti-clotting abilities and has the same function as garlic.
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