Diet rich in Omega-3s may help reduce severity of stroke

Alan Wu

August 26, 2011

New research published in the online journal Stroke indicates that individuals who have a high intake of Omega-3s in their diet may be able to reduce the severity of a stroke. A team of researchers from the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, recorded reduced damage to the brain following a stroke by 25 percent in mice who consumed DHA type omega-3s on a daily basis.

"This is the first convincing demonstration of the powerful anti-inflammatory effect of DHA on the brain," researcher Frédéric Calon said. "Since DHA is readily available, inexpensive and reduces the risk of a number of health problems without causing significant side effects, the risk-benefit ration tends to favor the regular consumption of fish or DHA."

The mice involved in the study consumed a diet rich in DHA for three months. Researchers compared the brains of these mice to another group that received a regular diet for the same period of time.

Strokes can cause serious medical problems for older adults, particularly if the person who suffers the stroke is not taken to a medical facility immediately. For this reason, older adults living on their own may want to invest in a senior alert system. 

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