Potassium Reduces Risk of Stroke and Death in Older Women

You may not hear as much about potassium as some other popular nutrients, but it sure is important. A new study shows that women who consume high amounts of potassium reduce their risk of stroke and dying compared to those with a lower intake of the mineral. Published in the journal, Stroke, the study tracked 90,137 postmenopausal, stroke-free women between the ages of 50 and 79 for 11 years. Researchers discovered that women who had the highest potassium intake reduced their chance of stroke by 12% and lowered their risk of dying from any cause (all-cause mortality) by 10%. Of that high-potassium group, those women who did not have high blood pressure experienced a 21% reduction in stroke risk; while women with high blood pressure saw their chance of dying go down, but not their stroke risk. It is noteworthy that the average daily potassium intake for all study participants, 2611 mg, fell far below the federal recommendation of 4700 mg; in fact, only 2.8% of the women had adequate levels of the nutrient in their diet. These findings are consistent with federal guidelines indicating that most Americans do not consume enough potassium. The good news is that potassium is found in many foods, such as milk, yogurt, potatoes, cantaloupes, beans, and bananas (of course), and also in some supplements, like multivitamins.

Source: Stroke journal

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