Eating bananas daily is definitely the new ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. A recent study proves that this and other potassium-rich foods (like avocados) are key to protecting your heart from damage and making it stronger.
Potassium in foods like bananas and avocados is instrumental in preventing heart disease because it prevents the calcification of arteries and it keeps the blood flowing properly. So eating bananas daily could be just the thing your heart needs to keep pumping in order. The new study was done by scientists at the University of Alabama and the results make known the fact that eating bananas daily could help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
How does eating bananas daily help?
The research examined three groups of mice that received diets in 3 different potassium levels: low, normal or high. The mice who had a low potassium diet had harder arteries than the other two groups. The ones who had high potassium in their diet had significantly less artery hardening and less stiffness in their aorta.
There are other studies conducted on the health benefits of potassium and they surmise that eating bananas daily (or other potassium-rich foods) can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Another study says that high potassium lowers the chances of getting a stroke by 21 percent.
So, if eating bananas daily is not your thing, but you want to get your potassium on, what else can you eat? How about you choose from oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit and some dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and dates? You can also have cooked spinach, cooked broccoli, potatoes, and mushrooms.