A massive study of thousands of women, called the Nurses Health Study, showed that eating the typical Western-style diet increased stroke risk by 58 percent, whereas consuming more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish — the same foods that guard against so many other diseases — lowered that risk by 30 per cent. Here's where to start.
You know it's good for your heart, so you should be eating fish like salmon anyway. If you are, you're probably protecting yourself from stroke. For starters, by eating more fish, you're automatically eating less red meat and processed meats like sausage, hotdogs, bacon, or lunchmeat, and that means you're eating less arterty-clogging saturated fat.
It's also possible that the omega-3 fats in fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon also improve blood flow by reducing inflammation in the arteries and making blood less likely to clot. A 12-year study done at Harvard Medical School of nearly 5,000 adults age 65 and older found that eating fish one to four times a week lowered stroke risk by 27 per cent.