Weekly Health Tips
Potassium & Lower Stroke Risk
A recent study suggests that potassium may help lower stroke risk in women, especially those who do not have high blood pressure. Researchers followed 90,000 women for 11 years and found that those who consumed at least 3200 mg of potassium a day from food (not supplements) had a 12% lower risk of stroke than those who ate less than 1900 mg a day. Among women who did not have high blood pressure, those who ate the most potassium had a 21% lower risk. Foods such as dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, squash, bananas, yogurt, seafood, avocados and mushrooms are good sources of potassium.