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A Diet Rich in Potassium Lowers Your Risk of Stroke

March 4th, 2011 | Posted in: Health & Nutrition, News

New research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports that as a person’s potassium intake increases, their chance of having a stroke decreases. The advice of the researchers? More fresh fruits and veggies. And one of the richest sources of potassium? The potato. A potato has 614 mg of potassium. Other good sources of potassium include bananas, tomatoes, plums, raisins, dairy products and nuts.

While researchers don’t solely credit potassium for a lower stroke risk, because diet, lifestyle, exercise and fat intake also play a role, they will be investigating the link further.

What does potassium do for your body? It’s a mineral that helps regulate your heartbeat, contract muscles and conduct nerve pulses along your nervous system. The average recommended daily dose of potassium for adults is 4,700 milligrams.

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