The occurrence of strokes in Canada is astonishing - one stroke in every 10 minutes. Ischemic strokes being the most common cause of Canadian strokes are caused by blood clots restricting blood flow to the brain. Risk factors include the usual causes of many chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes that most of us are familiar with: smoking, high weight, high cholesterol, excess alcohol, stress, and high blood pressure.
However, Canadians may be able to drastically reduce their risk of getting an ischemic stroke by adjusting their diets to include more magnesium. This mineral helps maintain healthy blood pressure, and regulate blood sugar. Great sources of magnesium include beans, tofu, dark leafy greens, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and yogurt. Eat up!