A team of researchers from the University of Alabama has discovered that a more potassium-rich diet can help to prevent arteries from hardening. The foods such as bananas, broccoli, potatoes, spinach and avocados are full of Potassium.
The researchers have experimented on mice and found that some of those mice fed with extra potassium were observed with a less vascular calcification as well as aortic stiffness, while others fed with normal or low levels of potassium had greater levels of artery hardening significantly.
Also the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests adding more potassium-rich foods to a daily diet to reduce the chances of heart disease, stroke and blood pressure. Study shows the benefits of such potassium-rich foods, where banana is a nice source of potassium that contains over 400 mg of each mineral, along with better amount of vitamin B6 and being a good source for fiber and vitamin C.
While, avocado, which is a single-seed berry and full of nutritional benefits, with containing a great amount of potassium as dietary mineral of 708.1 mg per cup. The fruit is also loaded with antioxidant vitamin B, vitamin E and healthful fats.
Paul Sanders, a leading study researcher from the University of Alabama at Birmingham said in a statement, “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.”