Thus, a recent study suggests that eating bananas every day may help prevent this deadly disease.
Through their analysis of cultured cross sections of mouse arteries and dietary experiments in live mice, the researchers confirmed that low potassium may lead to vascular calcification via calcium signaling, CREB, and autophagy.
The team also assessed the effects of varying potassium levels on cultured vascular smooth muscle cells from mice, as well as on cultured cross sections of mouse arteries.
They conducted a study on mice, who were at-risk of heart disease were fed a high-fat diet. They found out that the arteries of those mice that they fed less potassium diet became harder.
Dr Sanders added that the findings have important translational potential since they demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis-prone mice and the adverse effect of low-potassium intake. It's that simple. These two fruits contain high amounts of potassium which are known to be able to maintain the elasticity of arteries.
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The higher level of calcium in the cells triggered a complex signalling mechanism promoting autophagy (the intracellular degradation system) which in turn resulted in calcification. They contain several types of potent antioxidants, including dopamine and catechins. Furthermore, we defined key mechanisms underlying low-potassium-induced VSMC calcification involving elevated intracellular calcium, activated cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB), and increased autophagy. The latest study results seem to indicate that, eating high-potassium foods on a daily basis might help prevent future such complications. Further, it could prove useful in potential therapies and treatments for arterial treatments and atherosclerotic vascular calcification. However, there are many other food items which can yield additional health benefits beyond increased levels of potassium.
Vitamin B6 -.5 mg, Manganese -.3 mg, Vitamin C - 9 mg, Potassium - 450 mg, Dietary Fiber - 3g, Protein - 1 g, Magnesium - 34 mg, Folate - 25.0 mcg, Riboflavin -.1 mg, Niacin -.8 mg, Vitamin A - 81 IU, Iron -.3 mg.
University of Alabama at Birmingham scientists are behind this latest research. Artichokes were also presented as being useful and healthy such food items, as are seedless raisins.
"Reduced dietary potassium intake has been linked to the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease", the study said.