Avocados and Bananas Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

A new study found that, high-potassium foods, such as bananas and avocados, help prevent arteries against hardening or calcification. They are beneficial for the heart.

The researchers performed the tests on mice to find which levels of potassium such as high, normal and low were good for them. Results revealed that, mice that were fed with low-potassium diets yielded significant vascular calcification and aortal stiffening compared with the mice fed with normal-potassium diets. Besides, the mice that were fed with high-potassium diets had less artery hardening.

Dr. Mike Knapton, a physician from the British Heart Foundation who was not involved in the study said that mice that enjoyed the potassium-rich diets produced more flexible arteries.

“With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments,” said Knapton.

Consuming high-potassium foods can help prevent any hardening of arteries. Most doctors suggest the avocados and bananas to increase the potassium uptake, and they are beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Banana also contains fiber and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Magnesium. They also help in moderating blood sugar level.

Most doctors suggest eating four bananas per day which have 3,500 mg of potassium. Artichokes, baked potatoes, raisins, and fat-free milk are other potassium-rich foods. One baked potato serves 925 mg of potassium and a glass of fat-free milk gives 350 mg of potassium. You can also eat artichokes as they have 345 mg potassium or snack on seedless raisins, which gives you 270 mg potassium.