A study carried out in the US suggests that those with high levels of potassium in their diets are less likely to suffer from potentially fatal stroke.
The research was carried out using postmenopausal women and showed that those who ate the most potassium were 12% less likely to suffer from stroke in general. On top of this, those who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die.
The research looked at the dietary and health habits of over 90,000 postmenopausal women (aged 50-79) for an average of 11 years.
The results of this showed that eating foods rich in potassium (such as broccoli, dates and bananas) could help to lower the risk of stroke in women over the age of 50.
The study tracked the amount of potassium participants consumed, whether or not they had a stroke (including ischaemic and haemorrhagic) and whether or not they had died. All the women taking part were stroke free at the beginning of the study and were consuming an average of...