Category Archives: Stroke

Fibre May Protect From Stroke

Fibre is considered by many to be an essential dietary component. When starch is present in the diet, the absence of dietary fibre has been shown to cause detrimental glycaemic effects, and these effects in turn may cause insulin resistance. … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Fibre and Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate is a generic term used to describe starches and sugars. These are sources of energy in humans and play an important role in physical performance. Starches are produced by plants and comprise of long chains of sugar units, actually … Continue reading

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Trans Fats and Stroke Risk

Polyunsaturated fats have multiple double bonds in their carbon chains and this makes them liquid oils at room temperature because they have low melting points compared to solid saturated fats. When polyunsaturated fats are hydrogenated during processing, the double bonds … Continue reading

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Is Calcium Protective of Stroke?

Calcium is traditionally considered to play a pivotal role in bone physiology, but has otherwise been neglected by mainstream medicine. However, a growing body of evidence supports a role for calcium in a number of important physiological processes. The weight … Continue reading

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Soft Drinks: Another Study, More Bad News

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of the detrimental effects that soft drink consumption has on health (here, here, here and here). Sugar sweetened soft drinks are damaging because of the presence of fructose either in the form … Continue reading

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Green Tea: Health Secret of the East

Green tea has been extensively researched, and evidence suggests that it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and cognitive dysfunction. Epidemiological studies and clinical trials suggest that green tea is protective of disease due to its high content … Continue reading

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More on Flavonoids and Cardiovascular Disease

Flavonoids are polyphenolic heterocyclic plant compounds that may have beneficial health properties in humans. Although it is not fully understood why consuming plant foods are beneficial to the health, one reason may be the flavonoids that they contain. Flavonoids are … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Stroke

Evidence suggests that large numbers of individuals in Western nations do not obtain sufficient magnesium in their diets. This is concerning because magnesium has been shown to play a beneficial role in maintaining the correct function of the cardiovascular system. … Continue reading

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Does Salt Cause High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and accounts for around half of all cases of stroke and around half of all cases of ischaemic heart disease. The current mainstream medical opinion is that high sodium diets … Continue reading

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