They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but someone may want to update that old expression, since a new research suggests that another fruit deserves a little more recognition for its health benefits: banana.
Yes, research from the University of Alabama in the United States suggests that eating bananas can improve the health of your heart by helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
And all because of a key nutrient found inside the fruit: potassium.
The researchers believe that potassium can help prevent arteries from hardening, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
The author of the study, Dr. Paul Sanders,Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight: "The results demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation in preventing hardening of the arteries [arteriosclerosis]".
To conclude this, the team studied mice that were fed a high-fat diet and were at high risk for heart disease, and then had low, normal, or high levels of potassium.
The analysis revealed that mice that were consuming low levels of potassium had arteries significantly higher, while those receiving high levels of nutrient less hardening.
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They also have shown reduced stiffness in your aorta, the body's main artery.
"The findings have significant translation potential as they demonstrate the benefit of potassium supplementation adequate in preventing vascular calcification and the adverse effect of low potassium intake, "added Dr. Sanders.
So maybe it's a great idea to drop that cookie in your afternoon snack and pick a banana instead!
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