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    Is the low sodium salt really help B.P. and heart patients?

    Does lesser Sodium content in salt help in checking B.P and heat problems? Let us check this page to know from our Experts.

    At present in market low Sodium salt like TaTa Lite, Saffola, Lona salt packets are selling. These companies on packets are stating their salts include 15% less Sodium. Usually we know the fact, less salt or less sodium and in turn, more potassium intake will help to reduce B.P. and in turn heart problems. I wish to know from experts for less sodium in the salt, are the companies including more potassium to the salt? Is this type of salt really helping the heart patients and is this fact clinically proven? Are the doctors recommending this type of salts to heart patients?
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  • Potassium salts will reduce the high Blood pressure whereas sodium salts will increase the blood pressure. The maximum intake of sodium should be less than 2300 mg per day. Even with this dosage if your blood pressure is high you have to come down to 1600 mg per day. Salts having a higher percentage of potassium will help you in maintaining the BP. These salts will help you in reduction BP and in turn heart problems also.

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  • Less one consumes Sodium - salt, the better. Doctors are recommending that our sodium - salt intake should not exceed beyond 2300 mg per day in order to maintain healthy blood - pressure. However, this is one of the parameters to be followed for maintenance of normal pressure. This alone would not serve the purpose if undue stress is not taken care of, since stress alone can elevate pressure considerably for an appreciable time and may result insomnia because of constant stress. If such condition exists for an extended period, intake of sodium salt is to be curtailed further along with the consultation of the medical - practiciner.

  • Studies have found diet linked to cardiovascular disease like hypertension and coronary artery disease. In diet salt is the major culprit. The general principle is sodium (Na-salt) increases blood pressure and potassium (K) lowers blood pressure.Historically the silk route is from eastern Europe to Asia had a tradition of salt-preserved food and present studies reveal 2.5 times higher incidence of cardiovascular deaths when compared to other parts of the world.

    The daily average intake of salt in Indians is around 10.98 gms (people aged above 19yrs) when the WHO recommendation is a maximum of 5 gm salt/day. This along with low potassium and a radical change in the diet composition of urban Indians has led to the surge in the incidence of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

    Low sodium or healthy salts have lower sodium content.Tata salt lite has sodium (33-35gm/100gm) and saffola salt plus has sodium (33 gm/100gm). Both brands have higher potassium levels (tata salt lite 7.8gm/100gm). Many experts recommend an overall healthy diet instead of just focussing on one ingredient like salt. It is difficult to restrict salt on a daily basis.

    It's ideal to meet a qualified cardiologist who can check your BP and rest of the cardiac system and advise you appropriately.

  • By having more salt intake the amount of Sodium in the blood increases. This has an adverse affect on the functioning of kidneys for separation of water and other wastes from the blood stream. Due to this as sufficient water has not been taken out from blood by the kidneys a high pressure is created in the blood vessels commonly known as BP.

    As cardiovascular system is directly linked to blood and blood pressure in the vessels it is also affected in one way or other.

    That is why it is recommended to restrict salt in the daily diet to keep a tab on BP. That is also a reason why salt manufacturers are selling low sodium / high potassium salt in the market.

    Regarding how much salt a person should take can not be generalized and one should take the opinion of a doctor regarding the specific case.

    Please also remember that due to deficiencies of these salts sometimes other serious problems crop up so one should not follow these general things and get the correct advice from an authentic medical person.

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  • We do not know if the medical researchers consider the salt needs according to regional needs. The WHO report may be based on research done in North America or Europe, where for the most part it is colder than say India. Here we sweat a lot, and a lot of salt goes out with it. So, while the WHO recommends less salt, for us it would not be good to follow that. It is a problem that is not addressed. That puts the people in a dilemma on how to go about it.

    Another issue with such research and recommendations by WHO is a commercial one. That UN body is supported by pharma companies either directly or with governmental/pharma support. The finger is on the scales. They may recommend massive drives for this disease and that while it may not at all be necessary. The most recent medical/pharma exploitation is in the lowering of the BP level from 140 to 130. This netted a 11% of the US population, which works to about 33 million. When this comes to India, the % may be the same but the people in the net will be about 130 million; which means huge sales for some select few and a profit that will keep producing more as the BP medicines are to go on for long term till death.

    Our bodies are quite capable of fixing itself up for the most part, as we keep peace within and stay positive and active physically. Avoiding the fear-inducing factors of these medical research and seek out genuine doctors/clinics/hospitals who could prevent you falling into the traps. As always prevention is better than cure.

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