Pre­vent­ing stroke

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BMS INDULGE -

IT is a fact that blood pres­sure is the sin­gle most im­por­tant risk fac­tor for stroke. Seventy-five per­cent of all strokes are caused by high blood pres­sure. A re­cent Na­tional Health and Mor­bid­ity Sur­vey showed that 46% of those aged 30 and above suf­fer from high blood pres­sure. Even worse, 64% are un­aware of their con­di­tion and are like walk­ing time bombs.

How is blood pres­sure re­lated to stroke?

High blood pres­sure over the long term can weaken and dam­age the in­ner blood ves­sel wall. Fatty de­posits such as choles­terol stick to these dam­aged parts eas­ily and can even­tu­ally form plaques, which cause nar­row­ing of the blood ves­sel and some­times, com­plete block­age. If the block­age oc­curs in­side the brain, this can cause stroke. Some­times, these plaques can break off and move in­side the blood ves­sel, even­tu­ally lodg­ing in a smaller artery in the brain – an­other cause of stroke.

Get early to­cotrienol pro­tec­tion

If you have high blood pres­sure, re­duc­ing your risk for stroke through ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­ca­tions and a healthy life­style is im­por­tant. You can also pro­tect your brain cells with a neu­ro­pro­tec­tive agent. Palm to­cotrienols are well re­searched for its neu­ro­pro­tec­tive func­tions.

Re­cent break­through re­search shows palm to­cotrienols are able to pre­vent brain cells from dy­ing and can also help im­prove blood flow to the af­fected area dur­ing stroke. This helps min­imise brain cell death in the event of a stroke. Ev­ery brain cell that can be sal­vaged may make a huge dif­fer­ence in terms of sur­vival and qual­ity of life. It is im­por­tant to have suf­fi­cient lev­els of palm to­cotrienols in the brain cells be­fore stroke oc­curs.

Pa­tients with high blood pres­sure ben­e­fit from hav­ing such pro­tec­tion. This is es­pe­cially be­cause blood pres­sure lev­els can vary even with proper med­i­ca­tion due to ef­fects of emo­tion, stress, diet and such. Any pa­tient at medium- to high-risk for stroke also needs such pro­tec­tion be­fore it is too late. This in­cludes pa­tients with mul­ti­ple risk fac­tors. Pa­tients who have had mini-strokes or strokes are at an even higher risk and need pro­tec­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. Re­cent re­search con­ducted in Ohio State Univer­sity in the United States showed tak­ing 200mg of palm to­cotrienols twice a day is able to min­imise the ex­tent of brain dam­age in the event of a stroke. This sig­nif­i­cant re­sult led to var­i­ous other stud­ies, which all dis­played the same trend. Re­searchers at Univer­siti Sains Malaysia (USM) also re­cently con­cluded a study in hu­mans that fur­ther sup­ports the neu­ro­pro­tec­tive ef­fects of to­cotrienols.

Ab­sorp­tion of a com­pound con­sumed should be an im­per­a­tive com­po­nent when de­cid­ing on a suit­able sup­ple­ment. In­ad­e­quate ab­sorp­tion leads to in­ef­fec­tive treat­ment/preven­tion, and can be a waste of re­source.

Palm to­cotrienols by na­ture is known to be poorly ab­sorbed into the hu­man body. A self-emul­si­fy­ing sys­tem has been shown to be ef­fec­tive in in­creas­ing the ab­sorp­tion of palm to­cotrienols by 300%. This sys­tem has also been used in pub­lished re­search that fur­ther so­lid­i­fies the ab­sorp­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of palm to­cotrienols. Prof Chan­dan Sen from the Ohio State Univer­sity proved that tak­ing 200mg of palm to­cotrienols for­mu­lated with a self­emul­si­fy­ing sys­tem twice daily is able to reach vi­tal hu­man or­gans, in­clud­ing the brain.

To learn more about your stroke risk, log on to or call 1800 882 228 to re­quest for a free self-scor­ing stroke risk card pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (NASAM).

This ar­ti­cle is con­trib­uted by Hovid, a leading phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­turer glob­ally, and a pioneer in palm to­cotrienol global re­search.

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