A UAB team led by Yabing Chen, Ph.D., UAB professor of pathology and a Research Career Scientist at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, explored this mechanism of vascular disease three ways: living mice fed diets that varied in potassium, mouse artery cross-sections studied in culture medium with varying concentrations of potassium, and mouse vascular smooth muscle cells grown in culture medium.
Heart diseases have been leading the causes of death in American women and men - of all races and ethnic groups - for a long time. They found that especially in the case of mice who were eating high-fat foods, potassium levels significantly impacted vascular stiffness. The Sun (U.K.) reports that researchers at the University of Alabama discovered high-potassium diets could keep arteries from hardening.
There are between 40,000 and 45,000 premature deaths from kidney disease in the United Kingdom every year.
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"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". Avocados are close to the top as well, as they also contain a high amount of the substance.
High-potassium foods like bananas might be useful in preventing heart problems.
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If the findings are mirrored in humans, those at risk of heart disease could be prescribed potassium supplements to reduce vascular calcification. However, there are nutrients that can loosen them, such as potassium. "All of these disease share common vascular complications, such as vascular calcification". Bananas also contain a good amount of vitamin B6, and is a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Other foods rich in the mineral include potatoes, broccoli, sprouts, seeds, fish and poultry.
Avocados have become very known around the world due to its taste and many benefits. Artichokes were also presented as being useful and healthy such food items, as are seedless raisins.
Most doctors suggest eating four bananas per day which have 3,500 mg of potassium. These also provide antioxidant resveratrol, zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Spinach, carrots, oranges, and bananas are just some fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium.
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However, too much potassium can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and kidney disease.