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6 Super Foods That Prevent Stroke

Updated on April 28, 2018

Eat Nuts Often

Eating nuts such as Tigernuts can help you to lower your cholesterol consumption
Eating nuts such as Tigernuts can help you to lower your cholesterol consumption

Introduction

According to the CDC, stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year, making it the fifth leading cause of death amongst Americans.

A stroke occurs when blood supply is cut off to the brain by fatty deposits, or when an artery that feeds the brain ruptures and hemorrhages.

However, a stroke can be prevented when one eats the right foods. So, what are the types of foods that prevent stroke? What are some of the foods that prevent strokes? And what are some of the foods that can prevent a stroke?

In this article, I want to show you the healthy foods that prevent stroke so that you can eat them often to help you avoid getting this disease.

Now, which foods must you eat to prevent a brain stroke?

Eat A Lot Of Omega- 3 Fatty Acids

One of the healthy, natural foods that you can eat to prevent stroke is omega-3 fatty acids. A study carried out by a team of researchers from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom has revealed that when a man or woman eats two servings of oily fish in a week, that person is 6% less likely to suffer a stroke, whilst a man or a woman who eats five, six, seven, eight, nine or more servings of oily fish is 12% less likely to suffer from a stroke.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish oils, such as halibut oil and cod liver oil. They are also found in fishes such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, anchovy, and sardines.

Omega-3 fatty acids prevent the clotting of blood in the arteries that supply blood to the brain, thereby helping to maintain good blood flow through the brain. They also lower the levels of triglycerides in the blood, thereby preventing the clogging of arteries that feed the brain.

Oily fishes are rich in vitamins such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, and minerals such as selenium, niacin, and phosphorus which help to strengthen the walls of the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain.

So, when you have your breakfast, eat your whole wheat bread with two sardines. Furthermore, prepare your stews with salmon, mackerel, or anchovies instead of preparing them with fried chicken or pork which contain saturated fats that can increase your risk of having a stroke.

Eat A Lot Of Fruits With “White Flesh”

White-fleshed fruits are also foods you can eat to prevent stroke. A study carried out at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that eating at least 25 grams of white fruits (such as apples) a day can decrease one’s risk of having a stroke by 9%.

White fruits are rich in dietary fiber, as well as phytochemicals (compounds found in plants) such as carotenoids and a flavonoid known as quercetin, all of which protect the lining of the arteries that supply blood to the brain from getting damaged by high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

An average apple weighs about 120 grams and so eating one or two apples a day can help to reduce your risk of having a stroke.

Therefore, make it a habit to consume one Alice (wine- colored) apple or one Ananasrenettes (yellowish-green) apple after you eat your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, do fruit fasts regularly, especially on weekends: eat only white fruits for a whole day.

Eat At Least One Banana Every Day

Research carried out at the University of Alabama has revealed that eating bananas every day can help to keep arteries healthy.

Bananas are rich in potassium: according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one banana contains about 358 grams of potassium.

Potassium makes the arteries that supply blood to the brain elastic and flexible so that blood can flow freely through the arteries, thereby helping to lower blood pressure and preventing high blood pressure, which is one of the risk factors for the development of a stroke.

Eat A Handful Of Nuts Everyday

Research suggests that eating nuts can reduce one’s risk of having a stroke.

Nuts replace unhealthy foods in the diet, such as foods high in cholesterol, thereby helping to lower the amount of cholesterol one consumes. Additionally, nuts are rich in an amino acid known as arginine which keeps the arteries that feed the brain healthy and strong so that they do not rupture easily.

Therefore, eat Tigernuts when you finish eating your oats and bread in the morning, then eat a handful of peanuts with bananas as your snack in the afternoon after you eat your main meal. And then when you finish your dinner, you may consider eating a handful of pasteurized, “raw” or roasted almonds.

Consume Cooked Carrots Often

Research has shown that carrots can help to reduce one’s risk of suffering from a stroke. Carrots are very rich in beta-carotene, as well as minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium, all of which help to prevent the lining of arteries from getting easily bruised.

To get the best nutritional benefits from the carrots, chop them up into small pieces and boil it before you consume it because that helps to release about 39% of the beta-carotene during digestion, whereas eating it raw releases only about 3 % of the beta-carotene. Alternatively, chop them into small pieces and cook them with your stew or soup when you are preparing them.

Garlic

Garlic contains chemicals that can help to lower blood pressure
Garlic contains chemicals that can help to lower blood pressure

Consume Raw Garlic Often

Research shows that garlic helps to reduce blood pressure: high blood pressure is one of the risk factors that can increase one’s risk of getting a stroke.

Garlic is rich in polysulfides which widen the blood vessels that feed the brain with nutrients and oxygen, thereby making blood flow under less pressure through them, thereby helping to lower blood pressure.

Garlic is also rich in manganese, which contains antioxidants and enzymes that help to strengthen the connective tissue in the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain, thereby helping to keep the walls of the arteries strong so that they do not rupture easily when they are stressed by high blood pressure.

The lining of the arteries that supply blood to the brain can also be damaged by very reactive oxygen molecules, which can cause inflammation that can put the arteries at risk of rupturing. However, garlic contains sulphur-compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties, and so it helps to protect the lining of the arteries from inflammation and oxidative stress.

Garlic also contains antioxidants which fight against and destroy free radicals that can cause damage to the lining of the arteries.

So, every evening, or at least thrice every week, crush two cloves of raw garlic and swallow it with a glass of warm water: studies have shown that eating garlic raw makes it more effective. Additionally, ensure that you crush the garlic with a plastic grater before you swallow wit, and not with a metal grater because the active ingredients in garlic react with metal and the garlic crushed with a metal grater can cause food poisoning.

Use This Type Of Grater To Crush Raw Garlic

Use a plastic grater to crush the garlic before swallowing it
Use a plastic grater to crush the garlic before swallowing it

Conclusion

Some foods that can prevent stroke are: omega-3 fatty acids, fruits with white flesh, bananas, raw nuts or pasteurized nuts, chopped and cooked carrots, and raw or fresh garlic. Eating these foods can help to keep your cardiovascular system working efficiently so that you will not visit the hospital because of a stroke.

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