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Weekly fish oil prevents strokes

health and fitness Updated: Nov 01, 2012 00:37 IST
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Eating at least two to five servings of oily fish a week is significant in reducing risk of stroke by six to 12%, according to a new study.

However, on the other hand, taking fish oil supplements doesn’t seem to have the same effect.

A team of international researchers analysed the results of 38 studies to help clarify the association between fish consumption and risk of stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischaemic attack or TIA). Collectively, these conditions are known as cerebrovascular disease.

Regular consumption of fish and long chain omega 3 fatty acids has been linked with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease and current guidelines recommend eating at least two portions of fish a week, preferably oily fish like mackerel and sardines.

However, evidence supporting a similar benefit for stroke remains unclear.

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