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August 27, 2019 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living, Heart Health

Potassium Rich Foods for Stroke Protection

peaches and plain greek yogurt

In a review of 11 published studies including 247,510 adults, researchers concluded that consuming potassium rich foods was associated with significant stroke prevention.  People who consumed 1.64 grams or more of potassium a day (equivalent to 5 servings of fruits and veggies) were 21 percent less likely to have a stroke than those getting the least.

Eating lots of potassium rich foods has also been associated with lower blood pressure, less heart attacks, and less type 2 diabetes.  Thankfully there are numerous potassium-rich foods to enjoy including many that provide more potassium than a banana.

What you can do:  Eat more potassium-rich foods:

  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Cantaloupe
  • Avocado
  • Beet greens
  • Peaches
  • Prunes
  • Tomato juice
  • Yogurt
  • Snapper
  • Lima beans
  • Salmon
  • Soybeans
  • Swiss chard
  • Apricots
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sweet Potato
  • Banana
  • Acorn squash
  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Herring
  • Milk
  • Mackerel
  • Peanuts

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(Journal of American College of Cardiology Online, March 2011)