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Getting more potassium and less salt may cut heart attack, stroke risk

April 12, 2013

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Reena L. Pande, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Reena Pande is a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which exercise benefits people with cardiovascular disease. See Full Bio
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Clarence Grim MD
May 8, 2013

As I have been saying since the DASH diet was first released: DASH Away, DASH Away, DASH AWAY ALL.

April 18, 2013


would this article be peer reviewed reference?

Thank you

Best Vet Care
April 15, 2013

Perfect information shared. In a third world country salt is very cheaper. So, they consume more than any other country. The research given below which is conducted by many institutes and come to one conclusion.
People who consume less salt and more potassium can reduce their risk of blood pressure and stroke. The review found that eating less sodium (mostly salt) could reduce systolic blood pressure by about 4 milligrams of mercury (mmHg). Diastolic pressure (the second number) fell 2 mmHg. The risk of stroke increased 24% for people who ate more salt. The risks of dying from stroke increased 63%. Increased potassium was linked with lower blood pressure and a 24% lower risk of stroke. Great Work

Price Weston
April 12, 2013

At best, if the average American cut his sodium intake to the of 1500 mg/day, he might lower his blood pressure by 1.5 systolic points if he was potassium deficient and didn’t happen to be black. Otherwise, it’s a wash. On the other hand, a large EU study that measured sodium intake from 24 hour urine collections instead of food questionnaires found out those in the lowest third of sodium intake died from all causes at twice the rate of those in the top third. So, Listen to the low sodium mantra and die earlier.

Two separate studies estimated the amount of potassium that the average Paleolithic human got daily was 10.4 grams/day and 15.7 grams per day (400 meq +/- 125 meq). Far above the minimum 4.7 grams recomended. So, the average american would have to triple his potassium intake to get close to what paleolithic man got on an average day. I get about 3 g/day of potassium from 8 grams of bulk potassium citrate to double my daily potassium intake.

And then there is the very low American intake of magnesium.

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