A recent study published in the Journal Stroke claim, those who eat fruits, vegetables and dairy products are rich in potassium have a lower risk of stroke than those who received less than the intake of these minerals.
The results are based on the results of an analysis of 10 international studies involving over 200,000 volunteers and middle-aged adults.
The results of the study revealed that each increase of 1,000 milligrams (mg) of potassium in your diet every day associated with a reduced likelihood of suffering a stroke by 11 percent within five to 14 years in the future.
According to Susanna Larsson, head of research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, can be interpreted as significant benefits for all. This study, he said, does not necessarily prove that potassium provide positive benefits, but reinforces the evidence from previous research that these minerals can be useful.
Foods high in potassium is generally known as a source of healthy food such as nuts, various fruit such as bananas, avocados, oranges, and green, as well as low-fat milk.
Potassium is in itself an electrolyte fluid needed to maintain the balance of the body, and is also involved in the mechanism of action of nerve, muscle control, and blood pressure regulation.
Several studies have shown that diets high in potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure and may protect against heart disease and stroke.
In their study, Larsson and colleagues studied 270,000 people and almost 8695 of them (one of 30 people) have suffered a stroke. Decreased risk of stroke seen when an increase in intake of 1,000 milligrams of potassium a day, after considering other factors such as age, exercise, and smoking.
According to the researchers, in particular potassium was associated with a reduced risk of ischemic stroke, caused by blockage of the cerebral arteries. Ischemic strokes account for about 80 percent of strokes.
This result is in line with a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which followed more than 12,000 adults of 15 years. The researchers found that people who eat more sodium, but low potassium intake, increased risk of dying from various diseases.
Potassium is a mineral that functions in the body to help balance the effects of sodium, while maintaining blood pressure and helps the body to remove excess liquid. According to the CDC, in adults, the media should have no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. While for those aged 50 years and suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease, it is recommended to limit sodium intake to 1,500 mg per day.
As for potassium, the CDC recommends adults obtain 4700 mg per day for food. However, in people with kidney disease and are taking certain medications (such as hypertension), have to be careful. Too high levels of potassium in the blood can cause a condition called hyperkalemia, which can cause heart rhythm disturbances.