Did you know that every year, more than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke? And nearly 1 in 4 people have had a previous stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of disability and a cause of about 1 in every 20 deaths.
So what can you do to reduce your risk of stroke? One of the things is change your diet.
- Foods rich in folate
Researchers have found that eating foods like beans can reduce stroke risk by 20 percent.
- Soy, Almonds and Oats
These foods, along with a diet low in saturated fats, are part of a cholesterol-lowering regimen, which can help lower risk of stroke.
You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants, which are found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help reduce inflammation, prevent plaque build-up in the arteries and help improve blood flow.
- Potassium rich foods
Potassium has been found to significantly reduce stroke risk, if eaten regularly. You can find potassium in bananas, potatoes, prunes and raisins.
- Low-fat dairy
Low-fat and non-fat dairy products are great sources of potassium, magnesium and calcium, all of which naturally lower blood pressure.
- Magnesium rich foods
Studies have found that foods rich in magnesium help reduce the risk of stroke, even if you do not have high blood pressure. Some foods rich in magnesium are leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, whole grains, yogurt and more.
- Fatty fish
If you’re already on a heart healthy diet, and already eating these types of fish, you could be helping prevent stroke! Fatty fish are chock full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health, and heart health lowers stroke risk.
Changing your diet is one of the many ways to get and stay healthy. Always remember to talk to your doctor before drastically changing your diet.