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2 Rich Foods That Reduce the Risk of Stroke

2 Rich Foods That Reduce the Risk of Stroke

Reducing your risk of stroke with healthier foods doesn't necessarily mean a bland and boring diet. The benefits of avocado and pesto fit the bill deliciously.

Need a few ideas to get the full benefits of avocado and pesto? Use the pesto in place of cream-based pasta sauce and the avocado in place of cheese on your sandwiches, and you'll be doing your body double favors. Reducing saturated fat and focusing on unsaturated fat are two great ways to lower your triglyceride levels. And it turns out that may be pretty important to your risk of stroke.

Blood for the brain
We know that high blood pressure is bad for our stroke risk. But high triglycerides? Yep, research confirms it. In a new study, people with the highest triglyceride levels had between a twofold and a fourfold higher risk of stroke compared to people with the lowest triglycerides. It's not clearly understood how triglycerides raise stroke risk, but the study authors think that triglycerides may contribute to artery clogging and that artery clogging is just as bad for your brain as it is for your heart. Because if the brain's supply of oxygen-rich blood gets cut off, you're looking at a stroke.

More stroke-stopping strategies
Enter the benefits of avocado. And pesto. And nuts. And fatty fish. Replacing some of the saturated fat in your life with unsaturated fat is a good way to help lower your triglyceride levels. So is reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, eating sensible portions sizes, and eating high-fiber whole grains instead of refined grains. Keep in mind, though, that a healthy diet is just one part of the protect-your-brain-from-stroke equation. Follow these other noggin-protective steps, too:

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