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EU: Research shows bananas cut stroke riskBritish and Italian researchers have have uncovered results that appear to show that consumption of three bananas per day can reduce the risk of a stroke.
They say that eating a banana for breakfast, lunch and again in the evening, reduces the chance of a blood clot on the brain by 21%.
Potassium rich foods such as nuts can also be used for the same purpose.
The research suggests that a daily intake of potassium around 1,600mg - less that half the UK recommended daily amount for an adult - is enough to reduce stroke risk by more than a fifth.
The average banana contains around 500 milligrams of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and controls the balance of fluids in the body.
Researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Naples said, "Potassium intake in most countries is well below the recommended daily amount."
Publication date: 4/19/2012
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