Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Try to Get Your Potassium from Foods, Not Supplements

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Try to Get Your Potassium from Foods, Not Supplements

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Dear Doctor K: I have high blood pressure. Should I take a potassium supplement?

Dear Reader: This is a great question, but before I answer, let me take a step back to explain the connection between potassium and blood pressure.

Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors survived on wild animals and a variety of plant foods.

This diet delivered plenty of potassium but scant sodium.

Today, the average American diet contains about twice as much sodium as potassium, as a result of the high levels of salt in processed foods.

This sodium-potassium imbalance is thought to be a major contributor to high blood pressure.

Now, back to your question. The short answer is no, you should not take potassium supplements unless your doctor prescribes them. …

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