According to Stroke, the journal of the American Stroke Association, aspirin can reduce your risk of stroke by about 23%. Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, what if I said you could reduce your risk of stroke by 26% without taking any drugs, including aspirin? Would you believe it's possible?
Most medical professionals wouldn't believe me. They believe the absolute best way to avoid a stroke is take aspirin. In fact, the title of the article in Stroke magazine I just referenced is "Aspirin Therapy Should Be First-Line Treatment in Secondary Prevention of Stroke." So if you've had a stroke, the ASA says the best way to avoid a second one is to take aspirin. But one study says that's not true.
In this study, researchers followed a whopping 257,551 participants. Of these, almost 5,000 of them had a stroke during the study. But those participants who consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day were 26% less likely to have a stroke than those who didn't eat fruits and veggies. The participants that ate only three-to-five servings a day saw an 11% lower risk. One serving is 80 grams of fruit and 77 grams of vegetables.
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This really isn't surprising, but doctors still choose drugs over nutrition. This in spite of the fact that study after study shows this type of protection from eating fruits and veggies. In fact, the World Health Organization says that about 6.7 million people die every year simply because they don't eat enough of these tasty foods.
The lesson is easy — eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of us need to eat more than we are right now.
But what should you do if you just can't get enough? The answer is easy — add two scoops of Advanced Greens Formula to your favorite beverage every day. It will help you add fruits and veggies to your diet. And it will help you avoid a stroke better than aspirin.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
"Fruit and vegetable consumption and stroke: meta-analysis of cohort studies," Feng J He, Nowson CA, et al, Lancet, 2006; 367(9507):320-6.