Detect and prevent strokes

More than 795,000 people in the US suffer a stroke every year. Strokes rank as the fifth most frequent cause of death and the most frequent cause of long-term disability. A stroke attack occurs when the brain is no longer supplied with sufficient blood to transport oxygen and nutrients. About 87 percent of strokes occur when a blood clot blocks a vessel. However, strokes can also result from a burst brain artery, resulting in the dreaded cerebral hemorrhage.

Cross-section of the brain indicating brain damage

Causes of strokes

In most cases, arteriosclerosis causes strokes. Other causes can contribute to cerebral hemorrhage, such as a vascular aneurysm (often congenital) or certain brain tumors. The risk factors of stroke are identical to those of arteriosclerosis: Excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, fat metabolism disorders, diabetes, smoking, lack of exercise, blood clots and magnesium deficiency.

Early warning signs of stroke

A stroke gives off alerts weeks in advance of an actual attack. But very few people know how to interpret its rather vague warning signs, especially as the symptoms are temporary and disappear after a certain time.

Early warning signs include:

- Temporary blindness or blurred vision in one eye.
- Double vision
- Signs of paralysis or numbness in the arms or legs
- Tingling or discomfort in arms or legs
- Temporary speech disorders
- Dizziness
- Extremely severe, one-off headaches

Anyone who notices these warning signs in themselves or a close relative should consult a doctor immediately and have the symptoms diagnosed, because a stroke can often be prevented with timely treatment.

Scientific confirmation: Magnesium helps prevent stroke

A magnesium deficiency encourages the conditions that lead to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, lipid metabolism disorders and vascular inflammation, which are ultimately the exact factors that also contribute to the development of strokes. Conversely, a sufficiently high daily intake of magnesium can significantly reduce these stroke risks. This is the result of a meta-analysis of 7 studies involving a total of 241,378 participants having experienced 6,477 strokes.

Tips on preventing strokes

- Smokers should stop smoking immediately!
- Take a daily high-dose magnesium supplement and an additional course of intravenous infusions
- Pay attention to alkaline nutrition (lots of vegetables and fruits), possibly taking a base powder
- Eat omega-3 fatty acids
- Consume antioxidants such as curcumin, alpha-lipoic acid, resveratrol or astaxanthin
- Move daily for at least 30 minutes
- Drink enough water, at least 30 ml / kg body weight  (1 ounce per 2.2 pounds) per day.

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