Is It Worth Cutting Salt and Boosting Potassium?

Worth thinking about. Also, don’t forget all the hidden sources of salt in the processed foods in your diet. Pay attention to the ingredients and nutritional breakdown.

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Cutting down on salt and increasing potassium can safely lower blood pressure by a small amount, research shows. However, it’s less clear whether this reduces the chance of having strokes and other heart and circulation problems.

What do we know already?

If you have high blood pressure, you have a raised risk of several serious health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure.

Lots of things can affect your blood pressure, including what you eat and drink. Too much salt and too little potassium can both increase your blood pressure. Doctors recommend that people with high blood pressure eat less salt, and they sometimes recommend taking potassium supplements or eating more potassium-rich foods such as bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and pulses.

However, we don’t know for sure how much cutting salt and increasing potassium actually lowers blood pressure, and whether the reduction in blood pressure really reduces the risk of…

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