Dis­eases that feed silent stroke

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Bms Wellness -

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%.

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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.

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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.

Ref­er­ences

Eguchi, K. Stroke: Jour­nal of (1) the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, Sept. 19, 2003; rapid ac­cess is­sue. News re­lease, Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gopalan.Y. et al. Clin­i­cal

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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).

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