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10 October 2017, 01:54 | Randall Craig
An avocado and banana a day keep heart disease away!
"With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments", states, Dr. Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation. However, they think they are promising as potassium is associated with several human diseases. The mice used were deficient in a protein called apolipoprotein E, which makes rodents more susceptible to atherosclerosis in response to a high-fat diet.
The vital mineral - which spuds, broccoli and sprouts are also rich in - was found to aid blood flow to the heart and brain and reduce the risk of clots, reports The Sun. Using low, normal or high levels of dietary potassium - 0.3 percent, 0.7 percent and 2.1 percent weight/weight, respectively, the UAB team found that the mice fed a low-potassium diet had a significant increase in vascular calcification.
Millions of people around the world suffer from pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries - most after reaching a certain age.
"The findings have important translational potential, since they demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis-prone mice, and the adverse effect of low potassium intake", said Paul Sanders, professor at the University of Alabama to the Daily Mail. "All of these disease share common vascular complications, such as vascular calcification".
Researchers have discovered a new way of keeping heart disease at bay.
The avocado is a single-seeded berry packed with nutritional benefits. One of them is this nutrient that helps with heart diseases. According to Tech Times, just a cup of these will give you 448 mg of the nutrient. Artichokes were also presented as being useful and healthy such food items, as are seedless raisins.
Official NHS advice is to consume 3,500mg of potassium each day, a quarter of which could be met by eating two bananas.
Meanwhile, rats who were given potassium-rich food, such as bananas, had less hardening of their aortas. This, in food-terms, is not much.
A half cup serving of spinach provides 420 mg of potassium.It also contains other important minerals which include calcium, iron, and magnesium.
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