Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood
March 13th, 2006
Researchers who presented
at the American College of Cardiology’s 55th Annual
Scientific Session in Atlanta, GA showed a changing to a salt substitute
was a simple treatment for reducing blood pressure.
substitute study was conduct in Rural Northern China. It was called The
China Salt Substitute Study.
recently been realized that chronic diseases are the main cause of death
in China," said Bruce C. Neal, M.D., Ph.D. who is the director of the
cardiac and renal division of The George Institute for International
Health, Sydney, Australia. "We were interested in trying to find a new,
practical way of addressing this very serious health problem."
Dr. Neal along
with his colleagues had 608 participants that were randomly assigned
either to keep their salt or to trade their salt for a salt substitute
that was low in sodium and high in potassium. The salt substitute that
they used in the study was 65% sodium chloride (table salt), 35%
potassium chloride, and 10% magnesium sulfate. Some salt substitutes
have mostly potassium chloride and have a bitter after-taste. They
found the other combination not to have this after taste.
For a period 12
months the rural China participants cooked with the salt substitute
product. The reason they picked the rural area was that the
participants do not eat out much and cook almost all of their meals at
measured the participant’s blood pressure. The average blood pressure
was 159/93 at the start of the study. At the end of the 12 month period
the salt substitute users had an average of 5.4 mmHg lower systolic
blood pressure compared to the control group that continued to use
"That's the really
exciting thing: this is a dietary intervention that is producing a blood
pressure reduction comparable to that achieved in many large-scale
trials of blood pressure lowering drugs versus placebo," Dr. Neal said.
One brand that of a salt substitute is called
AlsoSalt which the manufacturer said does
not have the bitter after taste and contains potassium and L-lysine.
AlsoSalt comes in 3 flavors,
original, butter flavored, and garlic flavored.
If you can't find the mixture that they used in the salt substitute, you
can mix some regular salt in with the salt substitute to make it more
You can use the
salt substitute called “Mrs. Dash”. This type of salt substitute
uses a mixture of spices to flavor the food without any salt.
Cooking your own
food will also lower your sodium intake. If you buy frozen prepared
foods or food that is semi-prepared or already made you have a good
chance of having a higher amount of sodium content. Try to read your
food label to see the sodium levels in the food. It can be shocking to
see how fast your daily allotment for sodium can be used up.
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