The researchers concluded, "Intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids is inversely associated with risk of stroke, whereas dietary cholesterol is positively associated with risk."
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
A new study out of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and published in the journal Atherosclerosis, suggests taking omega-3 fatty acid, such as found in Omega XL, may help prevent stroke by reducing a critical stroke risk factor.
The chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain stroke risk factors.High cholesterol levels can contribute to atherosclerosisby causing a build-up of arterial plaque. Plaque build-up on the inside of the walls of arteries can decrease the amount of blood flow to the brain. A stroke occurs if the blood supply is cut off to the brain.
Omega-3 fatty acids can lower your risk of developing atherosclerosis, in part due to their effects on lipids such as cholesterol. According to MayoClinic.com, omega-3 fatty acids can increase your levels of HDL cholesterol, also known as "good" cholesterol. High levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower triglyceride levels, which also helps reduce your risk of atherosclerosis.
To see if there is a correlation between the cholesterol lowering effect of omega-3s and stroke risk, the Swedish study researchers analyzed data on dietary fat, cholesterol and incidence of stroke from 34,670 women aged 49 to 83 years in the 1997 Swedish Mammography Cohort who were free of any cardiovascular disease.
During a mean follow-up of 10.4 years, 1,680 stroke events including 1,310 cerebral infarctions, 233 hemorrhagic strokes, and 137 unspecified strokes were identified. After adjustment for stroke risk factors, it was found that the level of omega-3 fatty acid intake was inversely correlated with risk of total stroke. Women with the highest intake of omega-3s were 16 percent less likely to suffer total stroke, compared with those with the lowest intake.
Concomitantly, dietary cholesterol was positively correlated with the risk of total stroke. Those with the highest cholesterol intake were 20 percent and 29 percent more likely to experience total stroke and cerebral infarction, respectively. The researchers concluded, "Intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids is inversely associated with risk of stroke, whereas dietary cholesterol is positively associated with risk."
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