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Potassium reduces stroke risk: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 5, 2013

(FOTOLIA)


A banana a day keeps the doctor away.

New research published in the British Medical Journal found increasing potassium intake by just three to four grams a day lowers the risk of stroke in adults by 24%.

That's because it reduces blood pressure, a major factor in causing strokes, without negatively affecting lipids, hormone levels or kidney function.

And it's even better if you cut back on the salt, too.

The study's health advice is something you've probably heard before: Eat your fruits and veggies.

Among the many fruits and vegetables that make excellent sources of potassium are tomatoes, bananas, sweet potatoes, oranges, beets, kiwis, squash, spinach, prunes, peaches, avocados and legumes such as lentils and kidney beans.

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The study, produced by the UN World Food Program, Imperial College London and Warwick Medical School, analysed 33 trials involving over 128,000 healthy participants.

 

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