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How does potassium help keep me young?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Four major studies have shown that increased potassium intake is linked to a decrease in the incidence of strokes and other kinds of arterial aging, too. (Three studies have shown decreased rates of heart attacks and peripheral vascular disease.) It's pretty clear that potassium prevents aging of the arteries.

If you already eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, supplementing that diet with the potassium equivalent of three bananas a day can make your RealAge (physiologic age) as much as 0.6 years younger in just three years.

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