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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Treat for better Blood Pressure

What is it?

The humble banana !

Good value for money and available
all year-round, bananas are brim-full
of the vital mineral potassium.
Several major studies concur that
people who enjoy 1 1/2 to 2 bananas a
day could be reducing their blood pressure
2 to 3 points.

Reducing your Blood Pressure by
2 or 3 points is enough to
significantly lower your risk of a
stroke. Indeed people with the
highest potassium intake cut their
stroke risk by a huge 38 percent
compared with the people who
had the least.

This awesome mineral works by
helping your kidneys filter more
excessive sodium (salt) out of
your bloodstream. It also
encourages tiny blood vessels to
relax and makes pressure sensors
in your artery walls work better.

Not just bananas...

We all like variety, so you'll be
pleased to hear it's not just bananas
that are rich in potassium. Try prunes,
watermelon, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked
potatoes (with skin) and other fresh produce.

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