Another Benefit to Higher Protein

Did you know that your risk for a stroke can decrease by 26% when you increase your intake of protein for every 20 grams?

People who got more protein in their diets, especially fish, had lower chances of stroke. Doctors reviewed 7 stroke studies that followed 254,489 people for an average of 14 years and found those who got the most protein were 20% less likely to have a stroke compared to those who got the least amount of protein.

For each increase of 20 grams of protein per day, the chances of stroke declined 26%, regardless of lifestyle and differences in health factors. After the findings, doctors said that protein lowers blood pressure, which may help explain it’s benefits, and that animal proteins, especially fish were the most beneficial.

Reference: Neurology; 2014, Vol. 83, No. 1, 19-25

Cathie’s Note:

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should go out and bulk up on protein, however, many of us do not get enough of this macronutrient.  If this is you, eat more lean/clean proteins.  For the fitness fanatics who already eat approximately 1/2 their weight in grams of protein….you are all set, depending on your goal.

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