Increasing dietary potassium shall significantly help to lower blood pressure levels, study reveals
-In a recent study, conducted by University of Southern California (Health Sciences), experts studied the association of dietary potassium with low blood pressure levels.
-Researchers studied and reviewed the association of blood pressure with dietary sodium and sodium – potassium ratio in the body.
-The study reviewed several studies that demonstrated the link between the two. It was found that higher dietary potassium (estimated from urinary excretion or dietary recall) was associated with lower blood pressure levels, regardless of sodium intake.
-It was also observed that when the dietary potassium levels are high, more salt and water is excreted by the kidneys, which also increases potassium excretion.
-As per the study, eating potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas, and coffee were found to lower the blood pressure levels.
-Findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism
Source: The American Journal of Physiology — Endocrinology and Metabolism