Foods That Help Stave Off Strokes

POTASSIUM

One study found that consuming a higher intake of potassium was linked to a 24 percent risk reduction of stroke.

Dried Apricots

The typical adult needs about 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day—the amount that's considered adequate enough to meet nutritional standards.

Avocados

That is, as long as you take it easy on the salt, as a high intake of sodium is a key cause of high blood pressure, which can cause a stroke. 

Swiss Chard

Boiling this leafy green can help you get a good amount of potassium in just one sitting. One cup of boiled Swiss chard lends 20 percent of your daily needs

Potatoes

The conclusion was made that higher magnesium intake is associated with a reduced risk of stroke. Even more, Chong adds that magnesium is also 

Cashews

Only one ounce of these nuts contains about 74 milligrams, which is 23 percent of a woman's recommended dietary allowance of magnesium and about 18 percent for men.

Spinach

We all know that spinach is a healthy vegetable. In fact, when eaten in tandem with dairy, the body is able to absorb a specific heart-healthy antioxidant found in spinach

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are another food that's full of magnesium. Just one ounce of these dried seeds gives you 168 milligrams worth of the mineral, satisfying about 53 percent 

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate can help to open blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Remember that dark chocolate can still contain added sugars

LYCOPENE

"Lycopene is a phytonutrient in the carotenoid family. It, as well as the other carotenoids, have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits

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