High Blood Pressure




Hypertension is a health problem that affects billions of people around the world. A new study by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California suggests that eating can help lower blood pressure.

"Reducing sodium intake is a well-established way to lower blood pressure, but there are indications that increasing dietary potassium may have an equally important effect on hypertension," said Alicia McDonough.

To understand the beneficial effects potassium could have to fight hypertension by lowering blood pressure, the researchers reviewed a number of rodent studies.

 

High Blood Pressure

According to the findings published in the American Journal of Physiology  - Endocrinology and Metabolism, the highest concentration of dietary potassium was associated with lower blood pressure regardless of sodium intake.

Consuming potassium-rich foods and beverages such as sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas or coffee may be the key to lowering blood pressure, the study suggests.

Hypertension is a health problem that affects billions of people around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that hypertension accounts for 51% of stroke deaths and 45% of deaths due to heart disease.
 

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