In order to prevent or recover from a stroke, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) might be added to your daily retinue. CAM treatments include dietary supplements, which can help you prevent strokes from occurring in the future or treat the symptoms of a stroke after it occurs.
There are a variety of different supplements that may be prescribed or recommended for preventative reasons or to help aid you in your recovery. These include various vitamins, probiotics, and certain types of fish oils.
Best Vitamins for Stroke
There are a variety of vitamins that you can use in order to supplement your stroke recovery and prevention, and each vitamin has different benefits to bring to the table. Below are the four most commonly supplemented vitamins for stroke:
- Vitamin D: Also called the ‘Sunshine’ vitamin, is great for boosting your general health and providing the means for your body to protect your brain, bones, and muscles! In a study conducted in 2017, it was discovered that a large majority of stroke patients were suffering from Vitamin D-deficiency and that getting your daily allotment of the vitamin can help prevent a stroke from becoming recurrent.
- Vitamin C: Found in many vegetables (i.e. bell peppers or broccoli) and fruit (papaya or strawberries), lack of Vitamin C is known to be another potential stroke risk factor. Or so it was discovered during a 2014 study where they tested stroke survivors and found a correlation between Vitamin C deficiency and hemorrhagic strokes.
- Vitamin B12: Is found in many animal products (poultry, eggs, meat, fish, etc.) and known for boosting the functions of brain and nerve cells — which can potentially support your stroke recovery.
- Vitamin B3: Also called Niacin, is another vitamin that is known for supporting stroke recovery. This time, by helping boost the amount of ‘good’ cholesterol in the body, which is something that stroke patients are often deficient of.
Probiotics can also be used as a CAM treatment for strokes. These are known to promote better brain health in the form of ‘good’ bacteria that live in your gut that help creates a symbiotic environment that will allow your brain to run smoothly.
Much like with the vitamins, these do come in pill or tablet form. However, you can also get it naturally from fermented foods — Like the famous Kimchi from Korea or Natto from Japan.
Fish oil is a supplement that you might have seen being thrown around a lot in the last couple of years. This is because fish oil is known to be incredibly rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote a healthier, and thus slightly less stroke-vulnerable, brain. Of course, these can be naturally found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines!
Final Thoughts: What is the Best Supplement for Strokes?
Any of the items we mentioned here can be found in supplement form, but that doesn’t mean that you should limit yourself by taking them only in the form of pills or tablets. You can also try to source these in their natural form and make sure that you include them into your own everyday diet so that you can enjoy their benefits as delicious meals or snacks.
- Shuba Narasimhan, Prakash Balasubramanian.(2017).Role of Vitamin D in the Outcome of Ischemic Stroke- A Randomized Controlled Trial, 11(2), CC06-CC10. https://www.doi.org/10.7860/JCDR/2017/24299/9346
- GreenJournal. “Can Citrus Ward off Your Risk of Stroke?” EurekAlert!, 14 Feb. 2014, https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/aaon-ccw021214.php.