Diseases that feed silent stroke
ONE in four people over the age of 80 have experienced one or more cases of silent stroke.
It is a phenomenon that occurs with age, but common among smokers and people with high blood pressure or diabetes.
It does not appear with common signs of a stroke such as sudden headaches, dizziness and loss of motor skills.
Without signs and symptoms, a silent stroke may look harmless from the surface but deep within, it damages your brain cells and increases your risk of getting major stroke and dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Brain cell damages can be detected through MRI brain scan in the form of patches of white spots in the brain, known as White Matter Lesion (WML).
More WML indicates more damaged brain cells and as this continues, the brain will start to lose its functions, leading to increased incidences of dementia, Alzheimer’s and major stroke.
Four out of five people with diabetes and hypertension are affected by silent stroke.
Silent strokes are common in people with high blood pressure and diabetes.
Studies from Japan found people with high blood pressure have 58% chance of getting silent stroke while for those with diabetes and hypertension, the chance of silent stroke dramatically increases to 82%.
A stroke research study conducted among Malaysians in 2000 to 2014 showed hypertension as the most common risk factor for stroke, accounting for 76.1%, followed by 55.2% for diabetes mellitus.
This means that Malaysians are highly vulnerable to the damages of silent stroke.
Start protecting your brain cells early if you have high blood pressure and diabetes
Palm tocotrienols, a unique extract from red palm oil, was researched and found capable of protecting brain cells (neuroprotection).
Published in the Journal of Stroke 2014, a study was conducted on 121 volunteers with cardiovascular risk factors and brain cells damages.
They were given either 200mg of palm tocotrienols with Suprabio formulation or placebo pills (softgels with edible oil) twice a day for a span of two years.
Results showed that the damages found in the brain tissue of those who had consumed the placebo worsened after one year and further deteriorated after the second year.
However, the brain tissue for those who had taken palm tocotrienols remained unchanged.
The study concluded that consuming 200mg of palm tocotrienols with Suprabio formulation twice a day could protect brain cells from further damages.
The Suprabio formulation is critical to help deliver the tocotrienols into the brain for protection as the enhanced technology helps increase the absorption of tocotrienols up to 300%.
Without it, formulation of normal mixed palm tocotrienols may not reach the brain cells for protection.
Hence, taking 200mg of palm tocotrienols twice a day with the formulation helps protect brain cells and slows the formation of WML, which reduces the risks of getting major stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Palm tocotrienols can be used as a long-term health supplement for the brain as a preventive measure against various neurodegenerative disorders.
They are natural vitamins that are safe for long-term consumption.
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Investigation of the Protective Effects of Palm Vitamin E Tocotrienols on Brain White Matter. Stroke. 2014; 45:00-00.
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MRI brain scans of a normal healthy individual and hypertensive and diabetic individual. The latter has white spots in the brain scan, indicating damaged brain cells (experienced a silent stroke).