A diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of potassium reduces high blood pressure. It is long known that potassium chloride is highly effective in bringing down high blood pressure. A new study confirms that an increased intake of potassium leads to the same results.
According to the research conducted at the Southwest Medical Center, foods rich in potassium can help sportsmen and people suffering from hypertension to regulate blood pressure level. Scientists concluded that potassium-rich foods like melons and water-melons included in the menu produce the same effect as the intake of potassium chloride.
In accordance with these data officials from the USA Department of Agriculture urge adults to take not less than 0.14 oz potassium a day with meals and drinks. They especially recommend eating melons more often because a quarter of a melon contains almost 0.03 oz potassium which comes to about 20 % of the recommended daily amount.
Dates, figs, kiwi fruit, dried apricots, tomatoes, avocado, grapefruit, potatoes are also rich in potassium.