According to the findings of a recent research, eating one banana and an avocado on a daily basis can help in preventing heart diseases, which include hardening of the arteries.
In order to reach the findings, the researchers conducted a study on mice which showed that these particular foods which are rick in potassium can help in reducing vascular calcification, which is a common complication in both heart and kidney diseases.
Calcification occurs when calcium builds up in body tissue, blood vessels or organs of a person’s body. This buildup of calcium can harden and disrupt a person’s normal bodily process.
Reports state that a diet rich in potassium can assist in reducing the risk of aortic stiffness, which is a typical cardiovascular risk factor. The hardening of the arteries is called arteriosclerosis, and the stiffness can influence how hard the heart has to work to pump blood through the body.
Commenting on the findings of the study, Paul Sanders, professor at the University of Alabama said, “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.”
During the period of the study, the researchers analysed mice who were at risk of getting heart disease when they were fed high-fat diet. The researchers then gave these mice a diet which was either low, high or had moderate levels of potassium.
After a certain period of time, the researchers evaluated the health of the mice and they found out that those mice who were fed a diet of high potassium had significantly less artery hardening in comparison to those mice who were given a low potassium diet, the study said.
The findings of the study are published in the journal JCI Insight.