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- High blood pressure is often linked to sodium intake. However, sodium isn’t the only culprit when it comes to hypertension. The ratios of three key minerals — magnesium, potassium, and calcium — also play a role in high blood pressure.
- Potassium is one of the most important minerals in controlling blood pressure, lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Although Americans don’t typically get a lot of potassium in their daily diets, a good way to lower blood pressure is to both reduce sodium intake and increase potassium intake.
- Magnesium regulates our intracellular potassium, sodium, and calcium levels and is important to consider for high-blood pressure patients.
- Calcium also helps regulate our blood pressure. However, most calcium should be gained from the diet — calcium supplements carry increased risk of cardiovascular disease as a dangerous side effect.
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