Everyone has heard that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but if you are a woman over the age of 50 then you should be having a banana or two along with that apple.
Recent studies show that woman over the age of 50 who ate foods high in potassium were 12 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke in general and 16 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke caused by a blood clot, or an ischemic stroke.
Lastly the study showed that women were 10 percent less likely to die, from any cause, than those who ate low amounts of food containing potassium.
Another interesting finding from the study was that the correlation between potassium intake and stroke prevention was highest amongst women who did not have high blood pressure. Therefore, nutritionists suggest that women should increase their potassium intake before high blood pressure has the chance to develop.
For women who aren’t big fans of bananas, never fear. You can get twice as much potassium in a serving of spinach, then you get in one banana. Become a label reader as many foods contain potassium that you may not know about.