Experts found that adults who regularly consumed certain foods were 13 percent less likely to end up with cardiovascular disease.
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Experts found that adults who regularly ate a high-potassium diet were 13 percent less likely to end up with cardiovascular disease, reports The Sun.
Cardiovascular events, including potentially killing episodes such as heart attacks and strokes.
Scientists claim that high-potassium foods such as avocados, salmon and bananas lower blood pressure and reverse the effects of consuming too much salt.
They also found that women had more health benefits than men.
Professor Liffert Vogt, Lead Researcher at the University of Amsterdam Medical Center The Netherlands says, “Research shows that potassium helps maintain heart health. But women are more useful than men.
“It is well known that high salt intake is associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
“Health advice focuses on limiting salt intake. But this is difficult when our diet includes processed foods.
“Potassium helps the body excrete more sodium through the urine. in our study Dietary potassium has been linked to the greatest health boost in women.”
A study involving nearly 25,000 older Brits was published in the European Heart Journal.
The researchers questioned them about food. measure blood pressure and they took a urine sample to see how much potassium they were consuming.
Participants will be followed for the next 20 years.
The women with the highest potassium intake were 11 percent less likely to develop heart disease than the women who ate the least.
And men saw a nine percent reduction. Overall, the risk for all adults dropped by about 13 percent if they ate a lot of high-potassium foods.
Prof. Vogt added: “The relationship between potassium and cardiovascular events remained the same regardless of salt intake. This shows that potassium has other ways to protect the heart besides increasing sodium excretion.”
The World Health Organization recommends no more than 5 grams of salt per day.
Tracy Parker, senior nutritionist at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “This research supports current advice that reducing our salt intake and eating more potassium-rich foods may be a recipe for a stronger heart.
“An easy way to increase your potassium intake is to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
“Other foods such as peas, fish, nuts, seeds, and milk are also high in potassium and low in salt. So it will benefit your heart.”
Professor Vogt concluded: “Our findings indicate that a heart-healthy diet goes beyond salt restriction to increase potassium intake.
“Food companies can help by swapping standard sodium salt for potassium salt substitutes in processed foods.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission.