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How Vitamin C and Iron Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

Vitamin C and Iron

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  • Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States
  • Up to 80 percent of all strokes are preventable through lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, normalizing your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and quitting smoking
  • Recent research shows that those with vitamin C deficiency are at an increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke. In an earlier study, people with high blood levels of vitamin C reduced their stroke risk by 42 percent
  • Research also suggests that iron deficiency can increase your risk of ischemic stroke if you have hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a hereditary disease that causes enlarged blood vessels in your lungs
  • Sun exposure can reduce your stroke risk both by elevating your vitamin D levels, and by inducing nitric oxide in your skin, which helps normalize your blood pressure

By Dr. Mercola

Stroke, which is akin to a heart attack in your brain, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Obstructed blood flow to your brain is known as an ischemic stroke, which represent about 75 percent of all strokes. When an artery that feeds your brain with blood actually ruptures, it's called a hemorrhagic stroke, and this is a far more lethal situation.

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