Heart Health: Potassium Good, Sodium Bad...

Salt’s a bad guy! Dr. Fuhrman says consuming salt boosts stroke risk and previous studies show sodium leads to hypertension, i.e. high blood pressure. Even sea salt is a bad idea. When he was on Studio 10 TV in St. Petersburg, Florida, this past November, Dr. Fuhrman explained the supposed health benefits of sea salt don’t out weigh the negatives.

And now, a new study in Archives of Internal Medicine claims high sodium intake and low potassium consumption increases heart disease risk by 24%. Scientists collected data from 2275 participants, ages 30 to 54, with pre-hypertension. After examining urine excretion, researchers determined those people peeing out more sodium and less potassium were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease; from FoodNavigator-USA.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with a myriad of nutrients and vitamins. And foods like strawberries and plums are excellent sources of potassium. So, go buy some!

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Rick - February 9, 2009 2:39 PM

I'm currently trying to cut my sodium intake per day. I'm averaging around 3300 mg but I've had as much as 4900 mg per day. It's amazing that salt is in the simplest of things. The ham sandwhich I eat every day has around 1300 mg. I'm working on finding lower sodium alternatives for the cheese and ham. Wish me luck on that!

Kenneth Arrowood - September 21, 2011 12:00 PM

Please site study that indicates salt causes typertinsion.

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