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10 October 2017, 01:53 | Melissa Porter
An avocado and banana a day keep heart disease away!
"The findings have important translational potential, since they demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis-prone mice, and the adverse effect of low potassium intake".
The new study builds on that information and further outlines the different dangers that can come from poor heart health, Tech Times reports.
Dr. Mike Knapton, a physician from the British Heart Foundation who was not involved in the study said that mice that enjoyed the potassium-rich diets produced more flexible arteries. Not only that, but it could also help doctors develop new ways to battle health complications and keep people alive longer.
On the other hand, sweet potatoes also contain good amounts of potassium. In contrast, the mice fed a high-potassium diet had markedly inhibited vascular calcification. Results revealed that, mice that were fed with low-potassium diets yielded significant vascular calcification and aortal stiffening compared with the mice fed with normal-potassium diets.
The University of Alabama researchers studied a mischief by giving them high-fat diets, in which the mice were fed with either small, average or large amounts of potassium. According to the study, this component helps the arteries to make them less hard, regulate people's heartbeat, and it's also beneficial for the muscles and kidneys.
While human studies are now needed to demonstrate the efficacy of potassium against vascular calcification in humans, the researchers believe that their current findings show promise.
Basically, their animal studies suggest that if you don't eat enough potassium, your arteries and aorta stiffen, which in time can lead to serious heart disease. Banana also contains fiber and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Magnesium.
The avocado is a single-seeded berry packed with nutritional benefits. Artichokes were also presented as being useful and healthy such food items, as are seedless raisins. According to WebMD, the recommended intake of potassium for humans is 4,700 milligrams per day. Spinach, carrots, oranges, and bananas are just some fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. However eating too much can cause stomach ache, nausea and diarrhoea.
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