Potassium: A Key to Staying Healthy

This was not the first study to demonstrate the health benefits of including plenty of potassium-rich foods in your diet; previous studies have confirmed the benefits of a such a diet, and shown that increasing potassium while decreasing sodium was found to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

On August 17, 2011, Reuters Health ran a story by Amy Norton titled “Potassium-rich Diet Tied to Lower Stroke Risk” which looked at a study involving more than 200,000 middle-aged and older adults.  The story concluded that “people who eat plenty of high-potassium fruits, vegetables and dairy products may be less likely to suffer a stroke than those who get little of the mineral.”

This was not the first study to demonstrate the health benefits of including plenty of potassium-rich foods in your diet; previous studies have confirmed the benefits of a such a diet, and shown that increasing potassium while decreasing sodium was found to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

“Potassium is critical for proper function of nerve and muscle cells, including the function of one of your body’s most important muscles, your heart,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH). 

Potassium, say the Griesels, is needed for a number of other bodily functions: blood pressure, bone mass, and heart, kidney, adrenal functions in addition to proper nerve and muscle function.  The adult RDA for potassium for is 3,500 mg, and the body appears to derive more benefit from potassium obtained from a balanced diet than from taking supplements.

According to the Griesels in TurboCharged, potassium-rich foods that you should consider for your diet include poultry, fish, bananas, apricots, oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, lima beans, spinach, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, prunes, white potatoes, raisins, winter squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe and honeydew melons.

“This is a long list, and there are many more good sources—so there is no reason not to include adequate amounts of delicious and potassium rich foods in your diet,” says Dian.  “Your health depends on it.”

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