Get More Potassium
Balance That Salt With Potassium
Looking for a non-drug supplement that could help lower your blood pressure? Potassium might be the answer.
Potassium is a mineral that works with sodium (another mineral) to maintain your body's fluid balance. Too much sodium can lead to too much retained water – and elevated blood pressure. Getting a little more potassium can go some way to counteracting sodium's effects.
Potassium is also an electrolyte that helps smooth muscle of your veins to regulate your blood pressure.
Getting potassium from your food is best (plenty of fruits and vegetables). Soy and kidney beans, spinach, salmon, yoghurt and bananas are all good sources.
Pills also work though. Supplemental potassium can lower your blood pressure by 5 mm/Hg or more. You can buy potassium over the counter in some countries, but in others you'll need to see your doctor for a prescription. It's a good idea to discuss it with your doctor - side effects are possible and it may interact with your drugs. Too much potassium can also be a problem if you have kidney disease.
Commit today to getting more potassium from your food – and don't forget to ask your doctor about whether a prescription for supplements is right for you.