Stroke reduced by eating more Fruits and Vegetables
February 1st, 2006
A recent study
published in The Lancet, a British journal, reported that eating five or
more servings of fruits and vegetables each day can reduce the risk of a
stroke by 26 percent.
The study accessed
data from previous research looking at 257,551 people over an average
time of 13 years. What the researchers found was a correlation between
having the highest risk for strokes in people that ate less than 3
servings of fruits or vegetables a day. If the person ate 3 – 5
servings a day of fruits or vegetables they had a lower risk of having a
stroke. The group that ate 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
a day had the lowest risk of having a stroke.
did not know the exact reason for the lowered risk of stroke among the
people that ate the most fruits and vegetables. They believe that the
extra potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants in the fruits and
vegetables helped in a lower stroke risk.
The study did not
take into effect other habits that may also contribute to healthy
lifestyle. A person that ate 5 or more servings of fruits and
vegetables each day may also be more likely to exercise and not smoke.
More research needs to be conducted because the overall healthy
lifestyle choices that the fruit and vegetable have could also be part
of the reasons they had fewer strokes.
The “Dash Diet”
which showed promise in eating your fruits and vegetables with small
portions of meat and dairy showed health benefits in lowering blood
pressure. In this study patients with high blood pressure were told to
eat more fruits and vegetables each day. After time their blood
pressure was lowered.
fruits and vegetables offer nutrition, fiber, and are generally lower in
calories than most processed foods. By eating more fruits and
vegetables you would be able to fill up on less calories possibly
causing healthy weight loss while at the same time helping to prevent
heart disease, some cancers and also strokes.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
Stroke Treatment Books
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