Research shows that boosting levels of alkalizing
potassium in the diet may lower a person’s risk of
developing high blood pressure and may decrease
blood pressure in people who already have
High blood pressure remains the chief reason for
visits to doctors’ offices and for prescription
drug use in the U.S., two researchers from Nashville,
Tennessee note in a special supplement to The
Journal of Clinical Hypertension this month.
Dr. Mark C. Houston, from Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine and Dr. Karen J. Harper from
Harper Medical Communications, Inc. in Nashville,
also point out that a healthy intake of the
alkalizing potassium salt is thought to be one
reason why vegetarians and isolated populations
have a very low incidence of heart disease.
In isolated societies consuming diets high in
fruits and vegetables, which have and therefore
high levels of potassium, hypertension affects
only 1 percent of the population, they note.
In contrast, in industrialized societies, where
people consume diets high in processed foods and
large amounts of acidic foods and drinks, 1 in 3
persons have hypertension.
The typical American diet contains about half the
potassium that is currently recommended in dietary
guidelines. Low potassium intake is thought to
contribute to the prevalence of high blood pressure
Based on their review of published studies on the
topic, Houston and Harper say if Americans were
to boost their potassium intake, the number of
adults with known high blood pressure could fall
by more than 10 percent. In 2006, the American Heart
Association issued new guidelines calling for
Americans to get 4.7 grams per day of potassium.
“An increase in potassium is probably the most
important dietary choice (after weight loss)
that should be implemented to reduce cardiovascular
disease,” Houston and Harper contend.
Some studies also show that diets containing at
least 500 to 1,000 milligrams magnesium daily
and more than 800 milligrams of calcium daily
may help lower blood pressure and the risk of
developing high blood pressure.
“A high intake of these minerals through increased
consumption of fruits and vegetables may improve
blood pressure levels and reduce coronary heart
disease and stroke,” Houston and Harper conclude.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research
scientist at the pH Miracle Living Center, “the
alkalizing mineral salts of sodium, magnesium,
potassium and calcium are critical for maintaining
the alkaline design of the body and to chelate
dietary and metabolic acids. All of these
mineral salts can be found in whole unprocessed
sea or crystal salts. I have suggested for years
ingesting at least 8 to 10 grams (for a body
weighing 70 kilos or 154 lbs.) of mineral salts
daily for maintaining normal healthy blood
pressure and plus rate.”
Journal of Clinical Hypertension, July 2008
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