Potassium deficiency may lead to heart attacks, strokes

PotassiumDeficiencyHeartAccording to a comprehensive review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Standard American Diet has left most of us severely deficient in potassium.

The authors reviewed the best studies ever undertaken on the relationship between potassium and the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The review found that while the minimum recommended adequate intake of potassium (for a healthy person) is 4,700 mg daily, about 98 percent of Americans ingest a mere 3,000 mg or less! The studies showed that even 1600 more mg a day of the essential mineral potassium lowered the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular problems by 21 percent.

And why is potassium so important? “Every single cell in the body needs adequate potassium for the body to function properly,” said physician, author and speaker Michael Gregor in an article in Nutrition Facts. (Aside from the fact that modern Americans are eating strange, lab-produced substances masquerading as food), Dr. Gregor pointed out the obvious truth that we simply do not eat enough whole, pure plants.

After perusing a number of websites listing the best potassium-rich foods, while there were differences, I found a consensus on many common, easily available foods rich in potassium. It’s just that we don’t eat enough of them!

Most of us know that bananas are a convenient, potassium-rich food, but other foods at the top of the list are not as well known as bananas for their potassium content. Since all whole foods have other vitamins and minerals and perform different health functions, it is better to consume a variety of colorful plants every day.

The ones that share a potassium-rich status with bananas are: dark leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach, avocadoes, dried beans (every list had a different preferred type of bean, leading to the conclusion that they are all good!), broccoli, mushrooms, salmon, beets, asparagus, sweet potatoes, white potatoes (baked with skin on), raisins, tomatoes, cabbage, yogurt, carrots and cantaloupe.

Keep in mind that many soil and nutrition experts say that it is no longer possible to obtain all the vitamins and essential minerals from food that your body needs for optimal functioning. So you may want to do some research and consider taking simple, whole food supplements from a reputable provider.

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