Study Shows Mediterranean Diet Is Still the Best Stroke Prevention
In the last few years we have been bombarded with information claiming that if we take vitamins and minerals from a bottle, we can cover the deficiency of certain nutrients caused by a poor diet and prevent disease.
Somehow, manufacturers of vitamins have managed to convince us that we don’t have to be too concerned about what we eat as long as we take our vitamins every day. This is not the way it works; stroke prevention is just one example.
While at times some vitamins and minerals may help, they will never supply our body’s needs for healthy ingredients. Man has not been able to imitate nature yet and no matter how good the vitamins are, they will always miss –at least for the time being- certain components that only whole foods can provide us.
The following study is a reaffirmation of this principle.
Vitamin, Diet Link to Stroke Risk Assessed
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: December 12, 2011
There’s little that individual vitamins and nutrients can do to prevent stroke, but overall healthier diets may lower the risk, an Australian researcher found.
In a review, neither antioxidant vitamins nor B-vitamins were associated with stroke prevention, but a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, did appear to diminish risk, Graeme Hankey, MD, of Royal Perth Hospital in Australia, reported in The Lancet.
“The overall quality of an individual’s diet and balance between energy intake and expenditure seem to be more important determinants of stroke risk than individual nutrients and foods,” he wrote.
Hankey reviewed the literature on individual vitamins, nutrients, foods, and overall diets and their effects on stroke risk. Activate MedPage Today’s CME feature and receive free CME credit on medical stories like this oneAction Points
Neither antioxidant vitamins nor B-vitamins were associated with stroke prevention, but a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, did appear to diminish risk.
Two popular healthy diets — the DASH diet (which focuses on reducing hypertension) and the Mediterranean diet — have been shown to reduce stroke risk, and the latter has also been shown to diminish heart disease and death.
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