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Experts have called the most effective means to prevent heart attacks

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Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 13:52

"With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments", states, Dr. Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation.

"Reduced dietary potassium intake has been linked to the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease".

When researchers looked at arterial cross-sections in cultures that were exposed to three different concentrations of potassium, based on normal physiological levels of potassium in the blood, they found a direct effect for the potassium on arterial calcification within arterial rings. The study published in the journal JCI Insight, the researchers analyzed that either low, normal or high levels of potassium were given ti mice in their diets. The animals given high potassium had substantially less artery hardening.

"The findings have important translational potential", said study researcher Paul Sanders, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "All of these disease share common vascular complications, such as vascular calcification", Yawing Chen, a researcher working on the study, said.

Researchers suggest that dietary potassium could help to protect against heart disease. There's still a lot of work to be done to prove this nutrient makes the arteries more flexible, as the World Health Organization says.

Bananas are probably some of the best-known food items with a high potassium content.

The avocado is a single-seeded berry packed with nutritional benefits. This fruit contains around 708.1 mg of potassium, and also has antioxidants, vitamin E, B vitamins, and healthy fats.

Sweet potato contains 448 mgs of potassium per cup. You can also eat artichokes as they have 345 mg potassium or snack on seedless raisins, which gives you 270 mg potassium.

Most doctors suggest eating four bananas per day which have 3,500 mg of potassium.

Meanwhile, rats who were given potassium-rich food, such as bananas, had less hardening of their aortas.

A half cup serving of spinach provides 420 mg of potassium.It also contains other important minerals which include calcium, iron, and magnesium. However eating too much can cause stomach ache, nausea and diarrhoea.