Avoid salt to lower blood pressure, expert advises

Posted on 21 July 2011

The risk of cardiovascular conditions tends to increase with age, and those choosing a care home will no doubt be making an effort to keep their blood pressure low.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of the Blood Pressure Association, said it is vital to avoid salt in order to keep blood pressure low.

He advised that people steer away from adding salt to cooking or food and making an effort to chose low salt products in the supermarket.

Furthermore, eating more fruit and vegetables is also essential for lowering blood pressure, according to the expert.

Professor MacGregor added that obese people should make an effort to lose weight, but acknowledged that these lifestyle changes can be difficult to carry out.

"A lot of these things are not so easy to do. It is easy to say 'avoid salt', but in reality, when you try and do it, it is not so easy in the modern world," he said.

In other news, a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that milk and soy protein supplements were associated with lower systolic blood pressure when compared to refined carbohydrate dietary supplements.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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