provide the most potassium?
The average American consumes only about 2500 milligrams per day … far below the official Adequate Intake of 4700 milligrams (5100 for women who are lactating), and the U.S. Daily Value of 3500mg.
Good sources of potassium (i.e., 10 percent of Daily Value or more) include cod, prawns, halibut, tuna, trout, chard, crimini mushrooms, spinach, fennel, kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, winter squash, blackstrap molasses, eggplant, cantaloupe, tomatoes, parsley, cucumber, bell pepper, turmeric, apricots, ginger root, strawberries, avocado, banana, cauliflower and cabbage.
Basic stroke facts
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when either of two things happens:
A blood clot blocks the blood flow in a vessel or artery. These “ischemic” strokes account for about 88 percent of all strokes.
A blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain and smothering surrounding brain cells. These are called “hemorrhagic” strokes.
When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die.
About 800,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke annually, and more than 137,000 of these die, making stroke the third largest cause of death
About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in men, and 60 percent in women, with black Americans at greatest risk.
Americans will pay about $73.7 billion in 2010 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.
Well-established anti-stroke factors include healthy blood pressure, lower salt intake, healthy weight, and moderate alcohol consumption.
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