Dietary potassium may alleviate hardening of the arteries, finds mouse study

Dietary potassium may alleviate hardening of the arteries, finds mouse study

Dietary potassium may alleviate hardening of the arteries, finds mouse study

A new study shows that eating foods high in potassium - such as bananas, avocados, potatoes, and broccoli - could prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. Based on the study results, the mice fed with low-potassium foods returned significant vascular calcification and also a higher aortal stiffening.

"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", said study co-author Paul Sanders, professor at the University of Alabama, according to The Health Site.

To do so, they examined mice and gave them high-fat diets, where the critters were given either small, average and large amounts of potassium.

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As a result, products that contain low levels of potassium have a negative effect on the rats ' health. People who fed on a high potassium diet had less artery stiffness, whenever those fed on low potassium diet became harder while those who fed on a high potassium diet had less artery hardening.

Increasing dietary, however, was found to reduce vascular calcification in the rodents, suggesting that a diet rich in potassium could help to prevent heart disease. Some good sources for a potassium-rich diet include spinach, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, clams, and milk.

Researchers believe that potassium affects the genes, associated with the elasticity of the arteries. The animals given high potassium had substantially less artery hardening. In addition, It will be also helpful in preventing such problems, according to the researchers. It also comes with B vitamins and an enzyme known as amylase, which encourages normal blood sugar.

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As people get older, the heart arteries stiffen, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.

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. Results in both of those systems supported the vital role for potassium to regulate vascular calcification through calcium signaling, CREB and autophagy.

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