Potassium-Rich Foods Prevent Stroke in Post-Menopausal Women: Research

Potassium-Rich Foods Prevent Stroke in Post-Menopausal Women: Research

Having potassium-rich foods like banana is beneficial for post-menopausal women. By having these types of foods, post-menopausal women can reduce the risk of suffering and dying from stroke.

For the research, 90,137 post-menopausal women aged between 50 and 79 were studied for 11 years. Researchers followed the women and monitored how much potassium is consumed by women. It was also noted whether women suffered from ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes or died during the study period.

During the start of the study, women were stroke-free and their average intake of potassium was 2,611 mg/day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suggested that women should consume at least 4,700 mg of potassium daily.

"Only 2.8 percent of women in our study met or exceeded this level. The World Health Organization's daily potassium recommendation for women is lower, at 3,510 mg or more", affirmed Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, study's senior author.

Wassertheil-Smoller affirmed that previous researches unveiled that potassium consumption may bring a decline in blood pressure. But it was not known whether or not potassium intake can prevent stroke or death.

Now, it has become clear that potassium can prevent stroke and death from it. Therefore, women should eat fruits and vegetables as they are good source of potassium.

Key findings of the study included-

" Women having more potassium had 12% less risk to suffer from stroke and were 16% less likely to suffer an ischemic stroke compared to women who ate less.
" Women having most potassium had 10% less chance to die than those who ate the least.
" Women who did not have hypertension and ate the most potassium had 27% lower risk of ischemic stroke and 21% reduced risk for all types of strokes.
" Women who had hypertension witnessed a decline in death risk, but not in stroke risk.

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