stroke ages your brain

Study finds stroke ages your brain by almost eight years

Now there’s one more reason to consider supporting your brain health and help protect your memory with Malaysian palm oil-derived tocotrienols. A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke, suggests that a single stroke ages your brain by almost eight years, robbing it of healthy cognitive function such as memory and thinking speed.

Stroke affects 15 million people each year. About 40 percent of those who survive will be left with moderate to severe impairments that require special care. 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.

University of Michigan researchers analyzed data for 4,908 people age 65 or older who underwent thinking speed and memory tests between 1998 and 2012. Test results among those who suffered a stroke fell as much as if they had suddenly aged 7.9 years.

Referring to stroke as a “health shock”, study author Dr. Deborah Levine commented that, “ … these results show the amount of cognitive aging that stroke brings on, and therefore the importance of stroke prevention to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.”

The findings underscore the importance of stroke prevention including controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, abstaining from smoking, and getting plenty of physical exercise.

“We have always known that stroke affects the brain in a debilitating way, often causing temporary or permanent disability, as well as significant impairment of cognitive function. This study for the first time says that once a person has a stroke, the brain immediately aged by eight years. It is extremely important to look into ways to reduce the risk of stroke and hence, reduce the risk of cognitive decline,” commented WH Leong, CEO of ExcelVite.

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Another precaution to consider is adding Malaysian palm oil-derived tocotrienols to your daily routine. Ohio State University researcher Dr. Chandan Sen has discovered that a diet that includes the tocotrienols found in products made with palm fruit oil may help to protect the brain’s neurons from stroke-related neurodegeneration. “This {research} suggests that the tocotrienol form of natural vitamin E can be part of a regular diet to keep the brain enriched and more prepared to defend itself,” Sen commented, “particularly for people at a high risk for stroke.”

Results of a two-year human clinical study, also published in the journal, Stroke, show that vitamin E tocotrienols derived from Malaysian palm oil supports white matter health by weakening the progression of white matter lesions.

Stroke affects 15 million people each year. About 40 percent of those who survive will be left with moderate to severe impairments that require special care. 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. Brain white matter lesions are not only linked to increased stroke risk, but they are also known to be linked to development of other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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