Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

A Daily Serving Of Bananas And Avocados Might Prevent Heart Problems

A Daily Serving Of Bananas And Avocados Might Prevent Heart Problems

According to a new study, eating bananas and avocados on a regular basis might help prevent the heart from strokes and other problems. They found that especially in the case of mice who were eating high-fat foods, potassium levels significantly impacted vascular stiffness.

The stiffness of arteries is known as arteriosclerosis which affects the heart, heart is the most important part of our body that work to pump blood through the body.

The researchers analyzed mice who are at-risk of heart disease when fed a high-fat diet.

"The findings have important translational potential, since they demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis-prone mice, and the adverse effect of low potassium intake".

Aortic calcification - comparison between low, medium, and high Potassium (K) consumption.

This rich in potassium food can prevent fatal blockages by preventing the arteries from hardening, a study found. It seems the potassium in these foods preserves the health of the arteries, as it keeps them from hardening or from calcifying.

Through their analysis of cultured cross sections of mouse arteries and dietary experiments in live mice, the researchers confirmed that low potassium may lead to vascular calcification via calcium signaling, CREB, and autophagy. While mice given high potassium diet experienced less artery hardening.

Previous research has also revealed that rigid and inflexible arteries increase a person's risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Working from living mice down to molecular events in cells in culture, the UAB researchers determined a causative link between reduced dietary potassium and vascular calcification in atherosclerosis, as well as uncovered the underlying pathogenic mechanisms.

The different levels of dietary potassium were mirrored by different blood levels of potassium in the three groups of mice. Spinach, carrots, oranges, and bananas are just some fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. Avocados are close to the top as well, as they also contain a high amount of the substance.

These effects suggest the transformation of VSMC into cells that possessed bone-like characteristics.

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