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Foods High in Potassium for Heart Health

November 7, 2016


Getting the right high-potassium foods in your diet is essential for heart health. “Having the right amount of potassium is critical for the heart to beat properly,” says cardiologist John Day, MD, who specializes in heart rhythm disorders at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah. “If your potassium levels are too high or too low, the heart is at increased risk of a cardiac arrest.” Dr. Day adds that having enough potassium rich foods in your diet can help lower your blood pressure.

Including enough potassium-rich foods in your daily diet is important for a steady heart rhythm, too. One of the risk factors for atrial fibrillation — a common irregular heart rhythm — is not getting enough, or getting too much, potassium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends you aim for at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day in your diet. This may be more than you are used to, as national surveys show that Americans average only 2,640 milligrams of potassium in our diets each day.

Some fruits, vegetables and nuts are higher in potassium than others. Read on to discover good sources of potassium for a healthy heart.

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