Michael T. Murray ND is a naturopathic physician regarded as one of the world's top authorities on natural medicine. An educator, lecturer, researcher, and health food industry consultant, he is the author of more than 30 books, including his new book, The Complete Book of Juicing, Revised and Updated: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality (Clarkson Potter, 2014). Learn more at http://www.DrMurray.com.
Identify and eliminate the common food allergens (eggs, shellfish, peanuts, cow's milk, wheat, food colorings) from your diet. Follow a vegan diet rich in vit. C, E, carotenes and low in salt. Seek nutritional supplements: Vit D3 (2000-5000 IU/day), Fish Oil (1000-3000 mg/day), Magnesium (150-250 mg thrice a day), Grapeseed/Pine Bark Extract (150-300 mg/day).
From a natural perspective, herbal remedies like Ginkgo biloba extract (240-320 mg/day), and grape seed/pine bark extract (150-300 mg/day) are key to stroke recovery. They help improve the blood flow to the brain and boosts energy within nerve cells. Other nutritional supplements that can help prevent blood clots are fish oil (up to 3000 mg/day) and garlic.
Flaxseeds are a rich source of plant lignans+omega 3 fatty acids, both of which have been studied to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as triglyceride levels in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). To maximize its health benefits, choose ground flaxseeds over whole and be sure to store in airtight containers to prevent their omega 3 fats from oxidizing.
Do not fall for claims from dubious companies and stick to reputed brands. Never exceed the suggested dosage levels on the label, for caffeine and other similar products you ingest. Soft gels are generally easier to swallow and supplements are now available in powder or liquid form. Make sure that your supplements are out of children reach.
Fish oils concentrated for EPA and DHA have shown to have positive effects for patients with depression and bipolar disorder when given at recommended dosage levels (e.g., 1,000-3,000 mg EPA+DHA). It improves fluidity of brain cell membranes, Neurotransmitter synthesis and binding and breaks down serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine.
Since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke it is necessary to achieve normal blood pressure. In the trial, to achieve a target systolic pressure of 120 mm Hg in 9,300 men, researchers found a reduced cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, by almost a third.
A growing amount of scientific data proves that artificial sweeteners are linked to metabolic dysfunction. They interfere with responses that regulate appetite and blood sugar, disrupt the human gut microflora in a manner that promotes insulin resistance and glucose intolerance which causes obesity, loss of appetite control and type 2 diabetes.