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Heart and Vascular

A Banana a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Apr 9 2018
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Foods that are high in potassium can reduce excessive sodium levels and lessen tension in blood vessel walls. The most common potassium-rich staple? Bananas.

Eating bananas or potassium-rich diets can help manage high blood pressure. By making nutritional changes, combined with other lifestyle habits, you can improve your wellness and keep your heart healthy.

What is potassium?

Potassium is an important mineral that assists our bodies in functioning properly. Consuming the recommended amount – 4,700 milligrams a day – can lead to fewer serious conditions, like heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes.  Potassium not only helps in preventing complications, but it can also assist people with hypertension problems by improving their current blood pressure levels.

How can I add potassium to my diet?

A medium-sized banana has about 420 mg., or 9%, of your daily potassium value. However, it’s not the only food that will help you reach your potassium goals.  The following foods can also help you reach recommended potassium levels:

  • Avocadoes
  • Fat-free yogurt
  • Greens, including spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Raisins

Can I have too much potassium?

Though potassium is important for healthy living, consuming too much can be harmful, especially for those with kidney disorders. Small, gradual adjustments to your diet are encouraged.

Before making any major diet changes, you should always consult a physician. If you’re in Ohio or Kentucky and need a primary care provider, we are here for you. Find a doctor near you today.


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Patricia Hudson

Did not know banana had potassiu., new they were good for you ,patricia
May 09th, 2018 | 5:35pm

NANCY HILLMAN

Bananas are high in sugar if you are diabetic.
May 19th, 2018 | 12:51pm

Renee

You have to eat a lot of bananas to keep your potassium regulated. And bananas has natural sugars. They do not control my leg or feet cramps. What should I do?
June 10th, 2018 | 9:56am

Mercy Health

Hi Renee, if you're having cramps in your legs or feet, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. Let us know if you need help finding one in Ohio or Kentucky!
June 12th, 2018 | 11:20am

Betty Whitlock

My Cardilogist practice at Merry St Vincent but recently (about 6 mths ) my PCP moved his practice to a different city. I am searching for a great PCP. Can you help? Thank you
June 12th, 2018 | 1:12pm

Mercy Health

Hi Betty, we can absolutely help with that! One of the best ways to do this is through our online search: 1. Visit https://www.mercy.com/find-a-doctor and click find a doctor 2. On the search tab, enter Primary Care Provider 3. On the left-hand column, enter your location. You can also enter other information that is important to you, such as insurance, gender, language etc. We hope you find something you'll like in the results! If not, don't hesitate to give us a call at 513-952-5000.
June 13th, 2018 | 7:50am

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