High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 percent of all adults in the UK. But you could lower your risk of developing hypertension by simply taking daily potassium supplements, it’s been claimed.
Hypertension puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
Eating an unhealthy diet or not doing enough regular exercise could be raising your chances of high blood pressure.
But, you could lower your chances of developing the condition by taking supplements, scientists have claimed.
One of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure is potassium supplements, according to nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
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“Potassium is one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure,” she wrote on her website, MyLowerBloodPressure.com.
“Excess dietary sodium is associated with fluid retention – quite simply, more water must be re-absorbed by the kidneys to prevent body fluids from becoming too concentrated and damaging delicate cell membranes.
“Retained fluid increases pressure within the circulation and leads to high blood pressure in many cases.
“If you increase your dietary intake of potassium, you will improve sodium flushing even further, to significantly improve your blood pressure readings and lower your risk of experiencing a stroke.”
Cutting back on the amount of sodium in your diet will have a similar effect to taking potassium supplements, she said.
Salt or salted foods could contribute to a higher concentration of sodium in your body.
Everyone should aim to eat no more than six grams of salt in a single day – the equivalent to around a teaspoonful.
The average person eats around eight grams of salt everyday, and the Department of Health recommends cutting back on the amount of salt in our diets.