Minerals Potassium It has been observed (through clinical studies) that there is an inverse relationship between potassium intake and hypertension. It means if you increase your potassium intake your blood pressure will come down. There are some specific age groups in which blood pressure can be controlled effectively by increasing the daily potassium intake. These age groups are:
- Persons suffering from high or very high blood pressures.
- Elderly people with some kidney disease association.
- Persons taking any type of non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s)
- Persons taking potassium sparing diuretics and angiotensin-converting enzymes as drugs.
You can enhance your potassium intake by adding fruits, fruit juices and vegetables in your regular meals. Calcium There is no definite relationship between calcium intake and hypertension. However, some clinical studies show that high calcium intake has a little hypertensive effect. Magnesium Magnesium can play an important role in the regulation of blood pressure as it is a potent inhibitor of vascular smooth muscle contraction. However, adequate information regarding it’s role in hypertension is not available yet.