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July 5, 2014 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

Study: Eat MORE to avoid a stroke!?!

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

That’s right, you heard me, but you can't just eat anything. You need to eat something special. According to a new research article published in the journal “Stroke," eating this everyday can decrease your chances of a stroke by 32%.

Any guesses as to what it is?

Interestingly, it is not just one thing but a whole food group. For every 200 grams of fruit (200 grams is equal to about one large apple) a person eats, their chance of stroke decreases by 32%. And the cool thing about this? The effect is additive. That means eating 400 grams gives twice the protection!

In a similar way, for every 200 grams of vegetables we eat on a daily basis, we reduce our stroke risk by 11%.

If you think about it, eating a good supply of fruits and vegetables is seriously good medicine. Even taking a Statin medication (cholesterol lowing medicine) every day only lowers a person’s stroke risk by 21%.

Fruits and vegetables really are super foods and most of us do not eat as much as we should. I highly recommend eating between 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Eating 5 servings a day starts to give substantial health benefits. Eating 10 servings a day, gives more health benefits but has been shown to help people quickly loose weight.

Take the 10 servings of fruits and vegetable challenge.

Eat 10 servings per day total mix of fruits and vegetables. (A serving is the size of your fist.) Within 2 weeks, you will:

  1. Start to improve your health.
  2. Feel more energetic.
  3. Be quickly heading towards a healthy weight.

When you give it a try, make sure you let me know how it goes!

Sources:

Stroke: Fruits and Vegetables Consumption and Risk of Stroke: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies

Circulation: Atherosclerosis: Evolving Vascular Biology and Clinical Implications

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