Potassium is good for the health. So instead of taking an apple a day why not try a banana a day, or a potato or coconuts instead?
According to a new study conducted to 2185 teenage girls, more health benefits are to be gained in focusing a potassium-rich diet compared to a salt-reduced diet.
Potassium, can counter the negative properties of salt in the blood pressure.
“A potassium-increased intake may reduce the risk of death and cardiovascular disease through its effects on blood pressure, or it may simply be a marker of healthy dietary patterns that is rich in potassium like high consumption of fruit and vegetables,” the authors of the recent study noted.
Intake of more potassium is positive, whether it engages a role to a better health, or encourages a focus on healthier foods.
A natural mineral found in certain foods, it helps blood circulation and aids the kidneys to work efficiently and assists in lowering blood pressure.
JAMA Pediatrics published the research which followed the girls for a period of 10 years, measuring the sodium and potassium intakes and the ratio of the two and its effect on the subjects blood pressure.
They remarkably discovered that there was no indication that higher sodium intakes affects adversely the juvenile blood pressure.
“However, higher potassium intakes were inversely associated with blood pressure change throughout puberty,” said
Lynn L. Moore, lead author and associate professor of medicine at Boston University.
The results took a vital implications in terms of nutritional references.
Dr. Moore voiced to the New York Times, “It may be that potassium is more of a factor of blood pressure than sodium is. The kids who consumed the most potassium had much lower blood pressure by the end of adolescence. What we need to focus on is increasing potassium intake rather than focusing on restricting sodium intake.”
An intake of at least 90 mmol/day (3510 mg/day) potassium for adults is recommended by WHO. To put this in another viewpoint, a banana has 420 milligrams, a baked potato has 700mg, an avocado has about 900mg and a serving of kale or spinach has about 800 to 900mg.