BEACON TRANSCRIPT – According to a new study, eating bananas and avocados on a regular basis might help prevent the heart from strokes and other problems. They are seemingly capable of doing so as they contain potassium, which can help protect the arteries from calcification and hardening.
Bananas and Avocados, Just Two Examples of High-Potassium Foods
University of Alabama at Birmingham scientists are behind this latest research. These are based on their observations of mice, especially some that were noted to have an apolipoprotein E-deficient. They also targeted rodents that were more susceptible to developing cardiovascular disease if fed a high-fat diet.
These were then split into groups according to the diet, with some getting a high, other normal, or low-potassium diets. Based on the study results, the mice fed with low-potassium foods returned significant vascular calcification and also a higher aortal stiffening. These results were generated when compared to the normal-potassium fed mice.
Rodents that consumed high-potassium diets presented less aortal stiffening and an inhibited vascular calcification. More precisely, mice that consumed potassium-high foods had more flexible arteries while those with low-potassium diets had harder ones.
“With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments,” states, Dr. Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation.
Arterial calcification is according to research, one of the predictors of cardiovascular issues. The latest study results seem to indicate that, eating high-potassium foods on a daily basis might help prevent future such complications. Some even point to their possibly being useful treatments and therapies for people with atherosclerotic vascular calcification, among others.
Bananas are probably some of the best-known food items with a high potassium content. They contain around 425 m of potassium per serving. Another famous such food is avocados. Artichokes were also presented as being useful and healthy such food items, as are seedless raisins.
Detailed study findings are available in the JCI Insight.
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