Did you know that a diet high in potassium reduces your risk for stroke, especially if you don’t already have high blood pressure? If you don’t already have high blood pressure, a diet high in potassium may reduce your risk for HBP.
Here is an interesting quote from the article:
“Researchers studied more than 90,000 women ages 50 to 79, for an average of 11 years. They looked at how much potassium the women consumed from natural foods in their diet, as well as if they’d had a stroke or died during the study period.
The results showed that the women who ate the most potassium were 12 percent less likely to suffer a stroke of any type than women who ate the least. They were also 16 percent less likely to suffer an ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke and occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.”
Most women who were in this study ate much less potassium than is recommended. Talk to your doctor about how much potassium you should consume, especially if you have kidney disease.
Some foods that are high in calcium are: bananas, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and milk.
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