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Stroke Prevention

  1. Increase the amount of fruits and veggies in your diet.
  2. Avoid high cholesterol foods like red meat, fried foods and butter.
  3. Eat foods rich in omega 3 or supplement daily with Omega 3 [DHA + EPA].
  4. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink and all soft drinks.
  5. Cut down your salt intake and all food additives.
  6. Avoid Obesity.
  7. Follow the wellness IQ on this website.

A Stroke can come in two major forms:
1) A blood clot in a blood vessel in the brain which reduces or stops blood flow to parts of the brain
2) A hemorrhage or bleeding in brain tissue.

When blood flow to the brain is disrupted by a stroke, brain cells can die or be damaged from lack of oxygen. Brain cells can also be damaged if bleeding occurs in or around the brain. The resulting neurologic problems are called cerebrovascular disorders because of the brain (cerebrum) and blood vessel (vascular) involvement.

A high-dose vitamin supplement may help reduce the risk of a second stroke, as well as death and cardiac events, according to a study published in the November 2005 issue of the journal Stroke. The supplement consisted of vitamins B9 (folate), B6, and B12, which are known to reduce blood levels of homocysteine — an amino acid linked to heart disease. In a previous report from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) study group, the combined vitamin therapy did not reduce recurrent stroke and cardiac events, but it turned out that the trial included patients who were not likely to benefit from the treatment. The VISP trial included patients with deficiency of vitamin B12 who were unlikely to respond to our treatment, as well as patients with renal failure, who would not respond as well to vitamin therapy. When the scientists re-analyzed the results in a subgroup of 2,155 subjects deemed most likely to respond to treatment, the combined vitamin therapy did appear to have a beneficial effect on recurrence of stroke and cardiac events. Specifically, the team compared results of low-dose vitamin versus high-dose vitamin therapy and found that high-dose vitamin supplements reduced recurrent stroke, death and heart disease by 21 percent. When they subdivided patients by baseline levels of vitamin B12, thus identifying those with difficulties absorbing the vitamin, the differences between the low-dose and high-dose groups became greater. In the modern age in which grains are fortified with folate, the response to vitamin therapy for lowering homocysteine largely depends on B12 levels of the patients. Higher doses of B12, in addition to other therapies, will be required to reduce homocysteine, and thus to reduce stroke and the combined end point of stroke, death, and heart attack.

The consumption of certain B-vitamins through diet or supplementation decreases the total plasma concentration of homocysteine and may enhance response to standard antidepressant treatment. The purpose of this research was to determine if treatment with B-vitamins reduces the hazard of post stroke depression compared with placebo. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of tHcy-lowering treatment with daily Folic acid (2 mg), vitamin B6 (25 mg), and vitamin B12 (0.5 mg) for 1 to 10.5 years in survivors of stroke. Long-term treatment of post stroke survivors with Folic acid, B6, and B12 was associated with a reduction in the hazard of major depression in our patient population. If these findings can be validated externally, B-vitamin supplementation offers hope as an effective, safe, and affordable intervention to reduce the burden of post stroke depression.
The root cause of most health problems lies in the food we choose to eat. Recognize that Americans spend about 95 percent of their food dollars on processed foods, most of which contain one or more of the three ingredients that promote the most chronic disease. These are:

Corn, which is turned into highly processed high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Soy, which is one of the main sources of trans fat-containing vegetable oils
Sugar beets, which is turned into refined sugar
Avoid processed foods to avoid stroke and other chronic diseases which I believe is preventable and reversible.
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