Health Matters: Potassium Wards Off Strokes

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

In today's health matters, people who eat plenty of high-potassium fruits, vegetables and dairy products may be less likely to suffer a stroke.

Researchers analyzed ten studies involving more than 200,000 middle-aged and older adults. They found a person's stroke risk dipped as people reported their potassium intake increased.

For every thousand milligram increase in potassium intake, the odds of suffering a stroke in the next five to 14 years declined by 11 percent.

The team noted that is only a modest benefit for any one person. They add since high potassium foods such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy are generally healthy choices, their findings do not prove potassium alone is what produced a positive result.

Findings appear in the journal 'Stroke.'


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