Preventing Stroke With Fiber

If someone told you that you could significantly protect yourself against the risk of having a stroke, would you?

Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, accounting for 85% of all stroke cases. This type of stroke is caused when the blood flow to the brain becomes severely reduced because of blocked or narrowed arteries.

While strokes are uncommon for people under the age of 50, it is never too early to start prevention. After all, it takes decades for the arteries to become stiffened and/or blocked.

In fact, a study was done where hundreds of kids were followed for 24 years, from age 13 through the age 36. What they found was that the lower intake of fiber during young age is associated with stiffening of the arteries leading up to the brain. This goes to show that it is necessary that we promote the consumption of fiber-rich foods for people of all ages.

 In fact, “increasing fiber just 7 grams a day was associated with a significant 7% reduction in stroke risk.” For those of you who read nutrition labels, 7 grams is nothing!

In addition to helping to prevent stroke, fiber also helps to lower cholesterol and balance our blood sugar.

For optimal health, Dr. Michael Greger recommends people to get 25 grams a day of soluble fiber (beans, oats, nuts, berries, lentils) and 47 grams of insoluble fiber (whole grains, seeds, nuts, brown rice, couscous)