Magazine article Work & Family Life

High-Potassium Diet Reduces Risk of Stroke

Magazine article Work & Family Life

High-Potassium Diet Reduces Risk of Stroke

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With stroke now the third leading cause of death in the United States, it's important for all of us to be aware of the health benefits of eating potassium-rich foods, especially vegetables and fruits. A group of Harvard researchers led by Alberto Ascherio, M.D., looked at the diets of 44,000 middle-aged and older men, then followed these men for eight years to see who among them suffered strokes.

The men who ate about nine servings of vegetables and fruits a day were 30 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate four servings daily. Participants who ate lots of fruits and vegetables boosted their potassium intake to an average of 4,200 milligrams a day.

Men with high blood pressure showed the greatest benefit of a high-potassium diet. But all of the men who ate plenty of fruits and vegetables appeared to be protected to some extent. …

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