If you still havenít incorporated fish into your diet, now
may be the time to reconsider. Higher fish intake has been
reducing the risk of certain types of stroke in middle-aged
women. Several mechanisms may be involved, especially the
high doses of certain fatty acids commonly found in fish.
According to an extensive study conducted among nurses, women
with the highest levels of fish intake had a 49% reduction
in the risk of blood clot related stroke. This positive relationship
was incremental, in that each higher level of fish intake
(i.e., one or less times per month vs. two or more times per
month, and so on) correlated with less risk for stroke.
It's important to note that among women who used aspirin
on a regular basis, there was only a minimal change in stroke
risk. However, these results provide evidence that consumption
of fish, particularly the fatty acid component of fish, are
associated with a reduced risk of total stroke and blood clot
Your doctor can tell you more about the benefits of fish
and other foods, and outline a complete nutritional program
suitable to your specific needs. Additional information on
nutrients can also be found on line at http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/nutrients.html.
Hiroyasu I, Rexrode KM, Stamfer MJ, et al. Intake of fish
and omega-3 fatty acids and risk of stroke in women. The
Journal of the American Medical Association 2001: Vol.
285, No. 3, pp304-311.