more bananas, fewer strokes in menopause

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Eating bananas frequently reduces the risk of menopausal stroke. Sportspeople are usually advised to eat bananas to prevent muscle cramps and to recharge their batteries naturally. Now it seems that bananas are a real panacea for women in menopause.


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Eat bananas frequently reduces the stroke risk in menopause. Sportspeople are usually advised to eat bananas to prevent muscle cramps and to recharge their batteries naturally. Now it seems that bananas are a real panacea for menopausal women.

This was announced by a study conducted in the United States at Albert Einstein College in New York and published byAmerican Heart Association. The study involved a group of over 90 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 over an 11-year period.

The target? Find out if the consumption of bananas, a fruit rich in potassium, could have positive effects during this phase of female life, with particular reference to prevention and stroke protection.

It is good to take that into account a medium sized banana contains 430 mg of potassium. At the start of the study, the women were taking 2611 mg of potassium per day, slightly less than what the WHO suggests, which suggests a daily dose of potassium for women of 3510 mg.

The experts wanted to evaluate the potassium level of the postmenopausal women who took part in the study, using blood tests. In this way they verified a very important fact: a constant consumption of bananas can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 27% and reduce the chance of sudden death by 10%.

During the study women they did not take potassium supplements, but they only assimilated this substance from fresh foods. Besides bananas, what are the foods rich in potassium? For example, good amounts of potassium are found in white beans, spinach, potatoes, dried apricots, squash and zucchini, raisins and almonds.



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