Less Salt and More Potassium for Reduced Expenses: Research

Less Salt and More Potassium for Reduced Expenses: ResearchExpenses are what these researchers have focused on. In a new study that focuses its attention on reducing expenditure on health, it has been shown that there are ways of saving millions of lives every year from heart diseases and stroke.

The researchers have shed light on the fact that increasing levels of potassium in our diet has economical benefits. Even existent studies have shown that decreased salt intake plunges blood pressure. This strategy can reduce probability of stroke and heart disease to a large extent.

The study tracked effects of decent salt drop on blood pressure, hormones and blood fats (lipids) from 34 experiments that involved approximately 3,000 adults.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined a figure to reduce dietary salt intake to 5-6g per person per day by 2025. But the increase of salt consumption is far more than this. NICE suggests in UK that there must be reduction in salt intake to 3g per day by 2025 for the adult population.

There is less awareness on advantages of increased potassium intake. Till now, lower potassium consumption has been linked with an elevated blood pressure.

One of the authors of this study has said, "The totality of evidence suggests that reducing sodium intake should be part of public health efforts to reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, and will likely benefit most individuals".