Avoid Stroke, Heart Attack With These Two Fruits

(Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A pair of creamy and delicious picks from the produce aisle could help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Two fruits deliver an abundance of the nutrient that protects against atherosclerosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.

Researchers conducted an experiment to determine the link between potassium and healthy arteries.

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To do so, they fed mice high-fat diets with varying amounts of potassium.

They found that mice that consumed the least potassium had harder arteries, while mice that had more potassium had more flexible arteries.

Why potassium matters

As mice (and people) get older, the arteries stiffen, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. However, certain nutrients can loosen them, such as potassium.

Co-author Paul Sander said their findings “demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in mice, and the adverse effect of low potassium intake.”

“Reduced dietary potassium intake has been linked to … atherosclerosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease,” the study said. READ FULL STORY AT ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Also of interest: Kiwifruit is one of the most nutritionally dense fruits out there

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