Women and Strokes – Will Antioxidant Health Benefits Help?

Women and Strokes – Can antioxidant health benefits be helpful in dealing with strokes?

Most women probably think that strokes are more of a man’s problem.  But this is not true.  About 50% of all strokes occur in women and 60% of stroke deaths occur in women. 

So what can help prevent strokes in women?  Experts have recommended keeping blood pressure and cholesterol under control.  Not smoking is another strong suggestion.  Maintaining a healthy weight is also very beneficial in preventing strokes in women and men.  Regular and consistent exercise is always helpful in keeping good health.

A recent study indicates the antioxidant health benefits in lowering the risk of strokes in women.  This is true for those women who have suffered heart issues in the past as well as those who have never had heart or stroke problems.

I read an article in Science Daily that discusses a study on women and strokes and the antioxidant health benefits in lowering the risk of strokes.  The article is entitled “Vegetables, Fruits, Grains Reduce Stroke Risk in Women.”

Here is a short quote from the article:

Swedish women who ate an antioxidant-rich diet had fewer strokes regardless of whether they had a previous history of cardiovascular disease, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Eating antioxidant-rich foods may reduce your risk of stroke by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammation,” said Susanne Rautiainen, M.Sc., the study’s first author and Ph.D. student at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. “This means people should eat more foods such as fruits and vegetables that contribute to total antioxidant capacity.”

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of cell-damaging free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them. It leads to inflammation, blood vessel damage and stiffening.

Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids and flavonoids can inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation by scavenging the free radicals. Antioxidants, especially flavonoids, may also help improve endothelial function and reduce blood clotting, blood pressure and inflammation.

The entire article can be read here.

I strongly suggest that you read the complete article.  This study is so important.  According to the study, it doesn’t matter about your age, your background, or your health status.  Antioxidants can have an immediate impact on your risk of a stroke.

The article indicates that more study is needed.  The relationship between antioxidants and the risk of strokes in men must be studied.

Do you have comments on women and strokes and, specifically, about the antioxidant health benefits in lowering the risk of strokes?  Hopefully, the relationship between antioxidants and strokes can be a major step forward in limiting   I wish you the very best.

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