Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bananas and Blood Pressure - Do Bananas Lower Blood Pressure - RealAge

Cheap and plentiful year-round, bananas are bursting with potassium. And a review of several major studies suggests that people who add the potassium equivalent of an extra 1 1/2 to 2 bananas to their day could drop their blood pressure 2 to 3 points.

More Points for Potassium
Dropping BP by 2 or 3 points is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it's enough to lower stroke risk. In other research, people with the highest potassium intake levels cut their stroke risk by a whopping 38 percent compared with the people who got the least potassium. This magical mineral works by encouraging your kidneys to filter more pressure-boosting sodium out of your bloodstream. It also helps tiny blood vessels relax and makes pressure sensors in artery walls function more efficiently.

Even people who generally don't like fruit make an exception with bananas, so there really is no excuse...


  1. But don't eat to much banana, or you will have constipation..

  2. That depends if they're ripe or not Dina. Unripe has that effect though overripe bananas will do the opposite.