Thursday, September 11, 2014

Potassium linked to reduced stroke risk

Like the old song says, "I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones."

Now, another reason. Recent research shows that potassium is tied to lower stroke risk:
An analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) found an inverse relationship between self-reported dietary potassium intake and stroke in postmenopausal women.
Women (mean age 63.6) who consumed the most potassium each day ... had a 12% lower overall risk of all stroke ... and a 16% lower risk of ischemic stroke ... when compared with women consuming very little potassium ..., reported Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and colleagues.
In addition, among women without hypertension, those in the highest quartile of reported potassium consumption had a 27% lower risk of ischemic stroke than those in the lowest quartile, they wrote in the journal Stroke.
All kidding aside, there are other potassium sources other than bananas. So enjoy your favorite!

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