Potassium and Cardiovascular disease

Sunday Dec 18, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Potassium and Cardiovascular disease

Load every plate with potassium-rich foods and  you cut your risk for having a stroke, according to a study from the University of Naples Medical School in Italy. Potassium intakes and cardiovascular disease rates were compared in 11 studies, for a total of 247,510 men and women. Results showed that people who consumed at least 1,640 milligrams of potassium daily had a 21% lower risk of having a stroke and also were at lower overall risk for heart disease. The researchers speculate that the lowered disease risk is partially due to potassium’s influence on lowering blood pressure, but also might involve slowing the process of atherosclerosis and preventing the thickening of the walls of blood vessels.

D’Elia L, Barba G, Cappuccio F, et al: Potassium intake, stroke, and cardiovascular disease: A meta-analysis of prospective studies. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2011;57:1210-1219.