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Revisiting the “Low Sodium Will Prevent High Blood Pressure” Conventional Wisdom

Hello Folks,

Not giving the green light on excessive salt to flavor your food just yet, but once again, more evidence that lower-sodium diets *may not be effective* in reducing blood pressure. Was involved in a huge journal club project on this topic exactly three years ago during a dietetic internship which, then, supported the now-more recent findings… as we continue to shed light on the intricate workings of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc.

Some important pieces of information from the article:

“A new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years found that consuming less sodium wasn’t associated with lower blood pressure.”

“We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial effects on blood pressure. Our findings add to growing evidence that current recommendations for sodium intake may be misguided.” – Lynn L. Moore, DSc, associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine

“Over the next 16 years, the researchers found that the study participants who consumed less than 2,500 milligrams of sodium a day had higher blood pressure than participants who consumed higher amounts of sodium.”

What’s important to note is that there needs to be a balance of adequate levels of the other electrolytes present, especially POTASSIUM – “The researchers also found that people in the study who had higher intakes of potassium, calcium, and magnesium exhibited lower blood pressure over the long term.” POTASSIUM is a nutrient that a lot of people may be deficient in. Some good sources of potassium include coconut water, avocado, acorn squash, spinach, sweet potato, bananas, etc.

For Your Health,

Daniel Andras, M.S., R.D., L.D.

 

You can follow the link here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170425124909.htm

 

Daniel AndrasRevisiting the “Low Sodium Will Prevent High Blood Pressure” Conventional Wisdom