We have all heard of ‘an apple a day’ but what about ‘a banana a day’? In fact, make that 3 bananas a day….
According to this article, a banana for breakfast, one for lunch and one in the evening would provide enough potassium to reduce the chances of suffering a blood clot on the brain by around 21%
We should also try to eat other potassium-rich foods such as spinach, nuts, milk, fish and lentils. In the latest research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists analysed data from eleven different studies – dating back to the mid-Sixties – and pooled the results to get an overall outcome.
They found a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 milligrammes, less than half the UK recommended daily amount for an adult of 3,500mg, was enough to lower stroke risk by more than a fifth.
The average banana contains around 500 milligrammes of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and controls the balance of fluids in the body. Researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Naples said potassium intake in most countries is well below the recommended daily amount.
Now, we do often hear about the latest superfoods that we can eat, and this could be another one. But it is probably something that is worth bearing in mind…
If you have had a stroke, you may also be interested in our travelling with stroke category.