Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Researchers have found that a diet rich in protein, especially eating oily fish is significant in reducing risk of stroke.
Regular consumption of fish and long chain omega 3 fatty acids has been linked with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
The meta-analysis looked at all of the available research on the relationship between protein in the diet and risk of stroke.
Seven studies with a total of 254,489 participants, who were followed for an average of 14 years, were included in the analysis.
Overall, the participants with the highest amount of protein in their diets were 20 percent less likely to develop a stroke than those with the lowest amount of protein in their diets.
The results accounted for other factors that could affect the risk of stroke, such as smoking and high cholesterol.
The reduced risk of stroke was stronger for animal protein than vegetable protein, said the study published online in the journal Neurology.
(With Agency inputs)