Easy Dietary Changes To Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke

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2. Fish

Fish is another food that is considered to be a staple of a healthy diet in cultures around the world. Eating fish has also been linked to a dramatically lowered risk of stroke.

A review of medical data by Harvard researchers from over 40,000 adult men found that eating fish three times or more per month was liked to a 43 percent reduction in the risk of ischemic stroke. A review of data from female patients produced similar results.

This is because fish is rich in healthy omega-3 fats, which have been definitively linked to improved cardiovascular health. The modern Western diet (which has spread well outside the Western world) is disproportionally heavy in omega-6 fats. This imbalance between omega-6 and omega-3 fats is partially responsible for contributing the increased levels of obesity and cardiovascular diseases, included stroke. Eating fewer processed foods and adding more fish to your diet can help you correct this imbalance and lower your risk of stroke. Fish oil supplementation is another way to get healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but it is generally preferable to eat an overall healthy diet than to rely on supplements. Simply taking some fish oil capsules will not be enough to offset consistently unhealthy eating habits.

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