Protein-rich diets can help cut stroke risk, scientists say

Protein rich diets containing lots of fish such as salmon can help cut strokes. Credit: PA

High protein diets rich in fish can help cut the risk of strokes, scientists claim.

A study of over 200,000 participants over 14 years found those who ate the most protein were 20 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke.

Dr Xinfeng Liu, from Nanjing University School of Medicine in China, said: "The amount of protein that led to the reduced risk was moderate - equal to 20 grams per day."

An estimated 1.4 million stroke deaths could be prevented worldwide each year by higher protein consumption, he said.