Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Potassium Increase Cuts Stroke by 20%
Most doctors are not even aware of how important it is to eat potassium rich foods. And what are these foods that have potassium? Surprise...it is fruits and vegetables like bananas, tomatoes, oranges, apricots, most legumes, spinach, winter squash, avocado kiwi and cantaloupe. Actually almost all fruits and vegies have moderate to high potassium content.
The researchers looked a number of well done studies that included 247, 510 participants over 30 years and found that those patients with the higher potassium intake reduced their stroke risk by 21%. The Italian doctors say the protective effect of potassium against stroke is in part due to its blood pressure lowering effects and also due to other properties of the potassium mineral, such as the inhibition of free radical formation.
I have written before about the DASH diet which also found that reduction of sodium and addition of fruits and vegetables to the diet is an effective way to control blood pressure. The Dash diet is high in potassium.
Think about it. Did you have 5 fruits and vegetables today? Numerous studies have shown the life-prolonging benefits. This new study just adds to what we already know. I challenge all readers to keep a diet count and make sure you are eating 5 fruits and vegetable servings a day, every day to help reduce your risk of stroke, cancer and heart attack.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:35 PM