Foods Rich in potassium can lower the risk of stroke
Foods rich in potassium such as bananas was not only delicious but also can prevent the risk of stroke and death from stroke in women who are already getting old. A new study in the journal Stroke from the American Heart Association showed that women who eat foods rich in potassium have a lower risk of stroke.
“Previous research shows that consumption of potassium can lower blood pressure. However not known whether potassium can prevent stroke and death,” said Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoiller, Ph.D., of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
Researchers also conducted observations of 90 137 women who had experienced menopause and aged 50-79 years. They observe how much potassium intake consumed by participants for 11 years. The researchers also measured the participants’ risk of stroke owned.
Research results obtained by the researchers, among others, the following as reported by Science Daily (04/09).
– Women who eat potassium had a stroke risk 12 percent lower and 16 percent lower ischemic stroke.
– Women who eat a lot of potassium also have a risk of death 10 percent lower than those who consume less potassium.
– Among women who did not have high blood pressure, women who ate more potassium risk of ischemic stroke have a 27 percent lower and 21 percent less likely to develop all types of stroke.
– Among women who have high blood pressure, women who eat lots of potassium have a lower risk of death compared with those eating less potassium.
Researchers recommend that women eat more fruits and vegetables that contain potassium, such as bananas, potatoes, and others. But taking potassium also should not be exaggerated, because the potassium levels in the blood are too high also harm the heart.