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Potassium Found To Reduce Risk Of Stroke and Heart Disease

Posted Mar 05 2010 12:00am

A recent study done in Italy has shown that eating plenty of potassium-rich foods such as leafy greens, potatoes and bananas may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease. Potassium is an electrolyte, which together with sodium and chloride, conduct electricity when dissolved in water.  Why is this important and necessary?  Electrolytes maintain “water balance and distribution, acid-base balance, muscle and nerve cell function, heart function, kidney and adrenal function. In the study, higher potassium intake was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of stroke and an 8 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease. The findings support recommendations for people to increase their consumption of potassium-rich foods in order to prevent vascular disease. Other foods high in potassium include soybeans, apricots, avocados, cucumbers, plain non-fat yogurt, prune juice, and dried beans and peas.

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