According to Multiple Studies Carrots Aid Stroke Prevention
Carrots Aid Stroke Prevention.
Multiple research studies have found that the consumption of carrots reduces the risk of stroke.
In one of the Harvard studies, 90 000 female nurses participated over eight years in a research project. Researchers found that stroke risk was reduced by 68% when eating carrots five times a week or more compared to eating carrots only once a month or less.
In another Harvard study, it was established that eating approximately one and a half carrots each day resulted in a stroke risk reduction of 40%. The beta carotene in the carrots is what provides this protection. The risk decrease was evident in the participants who consumed 15 to 20 mg of beta-carotene daily compared to those who only had 6mg per day. According to head researcher, Professor JoAnn Manson, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, who believes that what makes carotene rich vegetables superior in stroke prevention, is their antioxidant activity. She states that the carotene prevents cholesterol from becoming toxic and being able to form plaque and clots in the arteries.
Even more interesting is new research that highlights how important it is to have a lot of beta carotene and vitamin A in your body should you have a stroke. Once ingested, beta carotene converts to vitamin A in the body which can then be used in various ways. One such way is as an antioxidant to help protect cells from the damage caused by oxidative stress.
According to Belgium researchers at the University of Brussels, the vitamin may prevent death or disability resulting from stroke. They analysed the blood of 80 patients within 24 hours after they had suffered a stroke. What the researchers found was that the stroke patients with above average quantities of vitamin A and beta-carotene had a greater chance of survival, were more likely to have less neurological damage and make a complete recovery.
When a stroke occurs the brain is deprived of oxygen and cells begin to malfunction which leads to a series of events resulting in oxidative damage to nerve cells resulting in the cells dying.
According to the researchers, should you have a lot of Vitamin A in your blood, it can positively intervene at the various stages of the cascades of events which will lessen brain damage and the chance of death.