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Increasing Potassium Intake Might Help Reduce Heart Disease Risk

By jeremyc | October 8, 2017

A high-potassium diet might help prevent heart disease, according to a new study. Examples of foods rich in potassium include, among others, bananas, oranges, carrots, and spinach.

In this study, the researchers found that mice fed a diet that was low on potassium have a greater chance of developing vascular calcification, a feature of coronary heart disease. The later in turn increases the risk of heart attack significantly.

The researchers also noted that mice fed a diet high in potassium experienced reduction in vascular calcification. This finding suggests a potassium-rich diet can help keep heart disease at bay.

Heart disease causes more number of deaths in the U.S. than any other condition. It is estimated that it accounts for nearly 610,000 deaths in a year.

Atherosclerosis is linked to increased heart disease risk. Formation of plaque, which deposits of cholesterol, calcium, fat and other cellular waste, is the chief characteristic of atherosclerosis. Over time, plaque hardens and in turn impedes the flow of blood to heart.

Potassium, an essential mineral, is mainly known for its role muscle contraction and cell amd nerve function. It also plays a key role in regulating the heartbeat.




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