A Banana a Day Helps Keep Strokes at Bay - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/02

A Banana a Day Helps Keep Strokes at Bay

You've probably heard that a baby aspirin a day can help prevent heart attacks. If a banana a day sounds a little more tasty, there's reason now to do eat them as well. Researchers in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggest a banana a day helps keep strokes at bay.

The study links potassium levels with stroke risk. Researchers studied 5,600 people over the age of 65 for four to eight years. They found those with the lowest potassium levels were the most likely to suffer a stroke. At the same time, patients with the highest potassium levels had the lowest incidence of stroke.

Previous studies have found a connection between potassium levels and stroke risk. However, experts stress more research is needed before any dietary changes are recommended.

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