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Friday, July 22, 2005

Spirulina's Effect on the Stroke Induced Brain Damage

A new study suggest that diets featuring spinach, spirulina, and blueberries may reduce ischemic stroke-induced brain damage, which occurs when the arteries are blocked by a blood clot, impeding the oxygen supply to the brain.

The study, conducted on rats by Paula Bickford and her colleagues at the University of South Florida, is published in the Journal of Experimental Neurology. Researchers found that those rats treated with a diet of blueberries or spinach had the stroke size reduced by 50 percent compared to untreated rats. Among those rats treated with spirulina, the reduction of stroke lesions was 75 percent. Antioxidants may counteract the free radicals burst that leads to brain cell death in ischemic strokes, the researchers believe.

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