Most women aren’t worried about stroke, but they should be. Stroke strikes more women than men each year, and kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Surprisingly, an increasing number of young adults are suffering stroke: this isn’t an old person’s disease. But the less common form of vitamin E found abundantly in Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil – alpha tocotrienols –may help women protect their brain’s sensitive nerve cells should they ever have a stroke.
Women may have different stroke symptoms and risk factors than men
According to the National Stroke Association, while men and women share some stroke symptoms and risk factors, there are some signs and risks that are unique to women.
Women may report these unique stroke symptoms:
• sudden face and limb pain
• sudden hiccups
• sudden nausea
• sudden chest pain
• sudden shortness of breath
The unique stroke risks for women are:
• taking birth control pills
• being pregnant
• using hormone replacement therapy
• having a thick waist and high triglyceride (blood fat) level
• being a migraine headache sufferer
NIH-funded studies discover palm fruit oil’s stroke-related benefits
When the brain is attacked by a stroke, cardiovascular disease or trauma, dangerously toxic substances can build up around the nerve cells. They can damage those cells or cause them to die. New research data is now emerging that shows alpha tocotrienols, such as those found in palm fruit oil, can lessen that damage. That might even accelerate recovery.
Researchers have shown that consumption of tocotrienols over a period of time is the only way to bathe the brain’s neurons with this protective ingredient. And because tocotrienols are also potent antioxidants, they help to protect the brain from other free radical damage.
Learn more about protecting your brain cells, and more about what happens during mini-strokes as well as how to avoid common risk factors, in a new booklet: Understand Mini-Stroke, Take Action Early.
Robin Miller is a health and nutrition editor with more than 30 years of industry experience. She researches and writes about the nutritional benefits of palm fruit oil, with the goal of giving readers factual, science-based information that will be useful in their daily lives.