Potassium-rich foods cut risk of strokes and death for older women

5 September 2014        

Fruit and veg plate

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to research.

A study of women aged between 50 and 79 found that those who ate the most potassium were less likely to suffer a stroke compared to those who ate the least.

Women who ate the most potassium were also 10 per cent less likely to die than those who ate the least.

The research, published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke, studied more than 90,000 women and the results were based on potassium from food rather than supplements.

Tracy Parker, Heart Health Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This research suggests eating more foods containing potassium may be good for the heart, especially for older women.

“An easy way to boost your potassium intake is making sure you are eating your five portions of fruit and veg a day.

“There are plenty of other healthy potassium-rich foods out there too, such as potatoes, pulses, fish and shellfish, nuts, seeds and milk, but don’t forget that what you eat isn’t the full picture.

“Keeping an eye on your alcohol intake and keeping physically active will also help to reduce your blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke.”