5 foods rich in potassium to help reduce high blood pressure

This article was refreshed on January 25, 2021 to reflect recent research.

Key takeaways:

  • One in three Americans has high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk of heart disease and other serious health conditions.
  • Adding foods rich in potassium to your diet may help lower your blood pressure.

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If you’re an adult living in the U.S., there’s a one-out-of-three chance you have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease and other life-threatening health conditions. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to lower the chances you’ll develop the disease known as “the silent killer.”

Increasing the potassium-rich choices in your diet is an easy addition to your heart-healthy strategy. Fruits like bananas and vegetables like spinach are the best sources of this mineral, but potassium is also found in dairy products, fish, meat and whole grains.

Want to add more potassium to your diet? Here are five foods that will get you off to a good start. Bon Appetit!

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* Risks of excessive potassium

* United States Department of Agriculture Food Sources of Potassium

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