Don't Have a Stroke: Eat Your Veggies
"Some stories in the lay press will look at this research and say vitamin C is terrific, and we should all be taking vitamin C supplements," he says. "However, that's not what this research says. The people in this study didn't take vitamin pills; they got vitamin C from food they ate, together with many other micronutrients. The key is frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables; that is what's associated with low rates of stroke."
The basic message of this study is that you should eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, Rubenfire says. "We strongly believe that vitamin supplements are taken too often in place of a good diet. There is evidence suggesting you may even block the absorption of important nutrients if you take lots of vitamin pills, because they only supply limited forms of these nutrients."
The American Heart Association and other organizations have established that eating a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of stroke, Sacco points out.
"You really need to do something now to reduce the risk of stroke later," he says. "And just because you're eating a good diet, that doesn't mean you can smoke, drink a lot, or stop exercising. You can't look at any one of these choices in a vacuum; they all fit together."
For more information from WebMD, visit our Diseases and Conditions center on Stroke.