Discover the huge benefits of omega 3 for stroke recovery
Everyone wishes that there was a “pill for that.”
While no pill can cure the after effects of stroke – only a strong stroke rehabilitation regimen can – certain vitamins and supplements can help.
Today we’re digging into the science behind the benefits of omega 3 for stroke.
Get ready to boost your brain power.
What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
Omega 3s are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid.
While certain fats worsen certain medical conditions (like atherosclerosis, a stroke risk factor) omega 3s are known to boost stroke recovery.
There are 3 types of omega 3s that you should know about: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Interestingly, when you consume ALA, your body can make EPA and DHA out of it.
But your body cannot make ALA on its own, so you need to get it from dietary sources (ideally) or supplements.
The Science Behind Omega 3 for Stroke Recovery
There are plenty of scientific studies proving the benefits of omega 3 for brain function and stroke recovery. Here are the best findings:
- DHA was reported to have brain protective powers when taken within 5 hours following an ischemic stroke.
- The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in omega 3s may be linked to potential benefits in the treatment of stroke.
- Fish oil (a great source of EPA and DHA) have been shown to lower elevated triglyceride levels, a stroke risk factor.
Overall, DHA plays a crucial role in brain function. Since stroke recovery is all about healing the brain, omega 3 intake should be seriously considered.
We suggest getting your stroke recovery vitamins through food before you consider supplements.
How to Get Your Omega 3s
Here are some of the healthiest foods that contain omega 3, starting with the most potent:
- Brussel sprouts
If you struggle with getting omega 3 from dietary sources, talk to your doctor about supplementation.
Your doctor will be able to tell you if omega 3 supplements may negatively interact with any medication you are taking.
Omega 3 and Stroke
Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for brain health and show promising benefits for stroke recovery.
Getting these nutrients through food is ideal, but you can consider supplementation if it’s safe for you.
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