Stroke attack has become very rampant and it has no age barrier. If it does not result into instant death, it could turn the victim into a vegetable for the rest of his life with the quality of life reduced to almost zero. In some instances, it may give some warning signals but in many other cases, no warning will be given. While browsing on the internet, I stumbled on a publication which is reproduced below:
“May is National Stroke Awareness month and a time to raise our understanding of the emotional, physical, and financial impact that stroke has on our friends and family”.
A stroke causes a loss of function due to an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Those who suffer a stroke usually experience a number of symptoms, which may include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs—especially on one side of the body; confusion; trouble speaking; loss of sight; severe headaches; and loss of balance. Risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, advanced age, gender, and race.
Stroke affects more than 800,000 people each year and ranks among the five leading causes of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the world. Although a stroke may not be entirely preventable, familiarity with the symptoms of a stroke can prompt you to get help faster, which can make a difference in recovery. Use the acronym FAST to remember the warning signs of a stroke:
F - FACE. Ask the person to smile. Does the face appear crooked or drooping?
A - ARMS. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - SPEECH. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred?
T - TIME. Call your doctor immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.
It is important for people to understand stroke warning signs and get to a hospital FAST in case they are eligible to receive the appropriate treatment. Time is an important factor associated with determining whether a patient can receive it or not.”
A scientist once said that oxidative stress may be at the root of some strokes, as the body may be unable to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, which can lead to inflammation and vascular damage.
How might antioxidant-rich foods reduce this stroke risk? According to the scientist, vitamins C and E, carotenoids, flavonoids, and other such compounds scavenge free radicals, thereby inhibiting oxidative stress. "Antioxidants, especially flavonoids, may also help improve endothelial function and reduce blood clotting, blood pressure, and inflammation.
How could Stroke be prevented
Eating a healthy, antioxidant rich diet is associated other healthy behaviors. People who tend to eat healthier tend to also have healthier lifestyles as a whole, it is also noteworthy that the diet had an independent beneficial effect on stroke incidence."
The most congruous finding of epidemiologic studies is the lower risk of stroke among individuals with frequent consumption of fruit and vegetables. Eating a diet high in antioxidants may protect against ischemic stroke, an Italian cohort study showed.
Antioxidants come from a variety of food sources, including fruits, vegetables, coffee, chocolate, red wine, whole grain cereals, and nuts, and diets high in antioxidants have been associated with reduced inflammation and increased circulating antioxidants.
One of the newest, and yet oldest, treatments for stroke prevention is the dietary intake of plant compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds that are characterized by their polyphenolic chemical structure. Flavonoids are responsible for primary anti-oxidative effects by attracting oxygen free radicals before these free radicals can cause cellular damage.
Over 4,000 flavonoids have been discovered, and they are found in fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, flowers, and bark. The best sources of flavonoids in human consumables are red wine, tea, onions, and the ubiquitous agent of health care: APPLES! Flavonoids have also been found to aid in vascular smooth muscle relaxation, which can reduce blood pressure, and thereby reduce the risk of stroke.
The use of Jobelyn for the treatment and prevention of Stroke.
Jobelyn is a herbal product derived from Sorghum bicolor. For several centuries, the people of South-Western part of Nigeria have been using this plant in its raw form to treat and cure many diseases including stroke. The impression that I was given that this particular remedy is a cure-all for diseases like Stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, HIV. Parkinson’s disease and sickle-cell anemia seemed illogical to me and in an attempt to find out the truth or otherwise, I have set out to carry out scientific investigations over the past 17 years. Our initial focus on the remedy as a blood boosting agent was successful and 2 publications in the African Journal of Biotechnology in September , 2003 confirmed that our Jobelyn derived from Sorghum bicolor has the potential to be a substitute for blood transfusion except in emergency situation. This does not give a clue to the cure-all claim of the product until we became aware of the Antioxidant properties of the product. Several studies in the USA and Germany confirmed that Jobelyn is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world.
A synthetic antioxidant may have the ability to reduce the brain damage following a stroke by more than 40% -- even if it's taken hours after the stroke happens.
A new study shows the antioxidant, known as AEOL 10150, neutralized hazardous free radicals and prevented cell death in a mouse model of stroke. Researchers say the antioxidant is designed to mimic a natural antioxidant, but it works against a wider range of free radicals and also lasts longer in the body.
Naturally occurring antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, are thought to reduce cell damage within the body by countering the potentially dangerous effects of free radicals produced when the body processes oxygen. Antioxidants are thought to be a promising treatment for strokes because they can be given after a stroke occurs to help reduce cell damage.
Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures. Brain cells eventually die as they become starved of oxygen, causing paralysis and loss of function. Cell damage can continue hours after a stroke.
In their study, researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center and Duke University Medical Center simulated the effects of a stroke in laboratory mice and then injected AEOL 10150 into the brains of the animals six hours after the blocked arteries had been reopened. Researchers say the six-hour time window simulates the amount of time it takes for most stroke victims to receive treatment.
A week later, mice that were given the antioxidant had 43% less brain tissue damage than those who were given a placebo.
Researchers also tested injecting the antioxidant into the veins of the mice rather than directly in the brain. Although this method produced a smaller decrease in brain damage, it reduced both tissue damage and neurological deficit, which means the synthetic antioxidant can move effectively from the blood into the brain.
Total ORAC FN, short for Total Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity for Food and Nutrition, is a laboratory analysis that measures the total antioxidant power of foods and nutritional products.
During April 2009, Brunswick Laboratories, a global leader in antioxidant R&D and testing, introduced its Total ORAC for Food and Nutrition (Total ORAC FN) test. Now patented, Total ORAC FN measures antioxidant activity against five of the most important free radicals found in humans: hydroxyl, peroxyl, peroxynitrite, singlet oxygen and super oxide anion.
Total ORAC FN, considered a breakthrough technology, combines all five measurements into a single, easy to use test result. The original ORAC essay measured only one of the five major radicals, the peroxyl radical, giving an incomplete picture of the antioxidant strength of a product.
The five major free radicals work individually and in combination with each other to cause damage to many systems in the human body and can affect total health. At times, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, UV light, and herbicides can overwhelm the body’s natural ability to fight the free radicals and the damage they cause.
Total ORAC FN allows premium food and nutrition products to be differentiated in the marketplace by providing a single Total ORAC FN "score." Jobelyn scores 37,622
Having realized the potency of Jobelyn as a powerful antioxidant, we have tried it for the treatment of many diseases including Stroke. For stroke that happens within 24 hours, Jobelyn taken 6 capsules, 4 times daily at intervals of 3 hours and accompanied with daily water intake of at least 3 - 4 litres would reverse the damaging effects of the stroke within a period of 2 – 4 weeks. For stroke that had taken long, the treatment that we have successfully adopted is 4 capsules of Jobelyn, 3 times daily, also with at least 3 – 4 litres of water daily. In this case, reversal or near-complete reversal would be possible within a period of 4 – 6 months.
It is however more advantageous to use Jobelyn to prevent stroke and many other diseases by taking a daily dose of 2 capsules, twice daily. The old adage that prevention is better than cure applies in this case.
There are other aspects of health where Jobelyn has been tried. We have devised a formula for the successful treatment of Arthritis. We recommend that patients take 3 capsules of Jobelyn, 3 times daily, with 3 bottles of water (1.5 litre size) and in three months, the problem should be resolved. We even offer money back guarantee if the result is not achieved. This formula could also be tried for Diabetes.
Our clinical studies of Jobelyn on HIV has confirmed that it increases the CD4 count very rapidly and improves the general well-being of patients and we are aware that a daily dose of 6 capsules in 3 divided doses is capable of providing the necessary support that would ensure the general well being of patients.
In a similar vein, sickle-cell anaemia patients sustain their health and maintain their general well-being by daily use of 1 capsule both in the morning and evening.
FURTHER RESEARCH FINDINGS ON JOBELYN
Scientist have concluded that inflammation is involved in almost all diseases afflicting the human system and medicinal products that have anti-inflammatory properties have the potential to be useful for treating many diseases. The recent study done on Jobelyn by MDbioscienses of the USA confirmed that Jobelyn works better than ibuprofen for pain alleviation but does not have the side-effects attributable to it.
One of the findings of a recent study carried out at Alcorn State University (USA), was that total flavonoids in Jobelyn, 870 mic/ml compared with thyme (318) and basil (205). This led to the conclusion, that, as a source of flavonoids, Jobelyn’s flavonoids almost trebled those most orchestrated flavonoids-rich Euro-American herbs.
Flavonoids, crystalline substances found in plants, were discovered in 1936 by Nobel Prize winner Szent Gyorgy, a scientist who named this group of compounds Vitamin P, of which many people know so little.
As a matter of fact, most medicinal plants are said to owe their health powers to their flavonoids. That’s why you’ll find on a health store shelf such proprietary products as FLAVONOIDS COMPLEX or ACTIVATED FLAVONOIDS. Sometimes, they are called BIOFLAVONOIDS, to describe bioactivity. Flavonoids have properties which make them antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, that is, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antioxidant. That’s why they have a range of uses in natural medicine such as in histamine induced asthma, arthritis and chromic degenerative disease with free radical damage origins. It is in their use as antioxidants that bioflavonoids appear most well-known today. In this area, many of them, such Grape Seed Extract and Sorghum bicolor based Jobelyn, are said to be more potent than traditional antioxidant Vitamins C and E put together. They protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation, for example, thereby prevent cholesterol health damage. They sometimes lower total cholesterol count. That’s why nature doctors often advise inclusion of generous amounts of fruits and vegetables in the diet.
Research has proven bioflavonoids good for diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which high blood sugar levels damage nerves of the eye and the retina, impairing vision. They also help varicose veins, to improve blood flow and heal leg cramps. As antiviral agents, flavonoids have been reported to inhibit viruses which cause polio, influenza, hepatitis A and B, herpes simplex, leukemia virus type I and HIV.
Flavonoids for Health
Common flavonoids are quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, luteolin, and apigenin, which tend to be found in vegetables and fruit. Using fruit and vegetable intake as a measure of flavonoid uptake, it was found that men without strokes had consumed on average 77.2 g per day of solid non-citrus fruit, as compared to high stroke risk men with an intake of 57.4 g per day . It was also found that those in the stroke-free category had also consumed more citrus fruit (vitamin C), more vegetables (beta-carotene, and others), and more tea (other flavonoids). More surprising was that when looking at the sources of flavonoids directly, in the same study, it was learned that 70% of flavonoid intake was on tea alone, and about 10% from apples. (Both black and green teas provide the same amount of dietary flavonoids.) The protective benefits of flavonoids provide the strongest proof for their importance: the men who were stroke-free in the study, who consumed flavonoids in the top quartile of intake, had a 73% less risk of stroke. Flavonoids are beneficial not only for stroke, but in terms of cancer and coronary heart disease prevention, as well, using similar prevention of lipid oxidation mechanisms like vitamin B12 and beta-carotene .
In essence, it is important to look at one’s diet as crucial in stroke prevention, while there are familial risk factors for stroke, one can cut their non-genetic risk in half by simply watching their diet and insuring proper intake of antioxidants and other vitamins. A big concern then is raised with why then shouldn’t we increase our levels of these compounds using pill-style supplementation, rather than eating vegetables and fruits and maintaining adequate overall
vitamin intakes. As we saw in the case of vitamin E and beta-carotene, large doses of betacarotene can actually increase one’s risk for stroke since large doses of beta-carotene can deplete the body of vitamin E . Obviously, in compounds such as vitamin B12, which is primarily from fortified foods and from endogenous sources such as enteric bacteria, it is important to look for foods high in vitamin B12. Obviously, in patients with intrinsic factor deficiency, both forms of supplementation will prove insufficient, and other means of increasing vitamin B12 are necessary. Most importantly, we know so little in respect to the flavonoids and other phytocompounds of fruit and vegetable origin and their systemic effects, that there are many great, but undiscovered benefits of eating large quantities of them. Lastly, fruits and vegetables serve as sources of fiber, which will have a too fold effect: 1) By allowing for the "fullness" feeling after eating, they will prevent eating more than necessary, and can help to reduce fat intake, and are great snacks. For those with chronic hemorrhoids, dietary fiber can soften stool and prevent many common causes of hemorrhoids. Fiber also helps to reduce cholesterol levels, since it can reduce fat intake, and by the same mechanism can promote better health, preventing atherosclerosis . There are great benefits to these treatments in addition to just stroke prevention with these vitamin and antioxidant supplements. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), ischemic heart disease, and cancers of free-radical mutagenic origin can be greatly prevented using similar measures of increasing intake of these antioxidants . Since stroke is a definitively predictable illness for 550,000 Americans, if we watch what we eat, and have a bit more fruit and vegetables in our diet, we can spare ourselves many of the problems associated with stroke. Remember: A diet with apples, oranges, more fruit and more vegetables a day will keep the neurosurgeon away.
In concluding this piece, it is necessary to emphasise that a healthy diet which includes regular consumption of fruits and vegetables would prevent many serious diseases but we need to state that a powerful antioxidant like Jobelyn, concentrated in capsules could as well prevent you from diseases and taken at a higher dosage could also reverse diseases and help you to maintain your wellness.