March 11, 2009

Cut your risk of dying from a heart attack by 35% with one nutrient

How would you like to lower risk of dying from a heart attack by 35% or better? And how would you like to do it with almost no effort? Not only is it possible, but it's so easy anyone can do it. All you have to do is substitute one nutrient in your diet for another.

The two nutrients? Potassium and sodium. God made us with a daily need for potassium. But there's virtually no need for sodium. Why? Our kidneys retain all the sodium they can. But they don't retain potassium. We're supposed to get a new supply of it every day. So it's almost impossible to have a sodium deficiency. But it's very easy to have a potassium deficiency.

And a new study shows that substituting a diet rich in potassium for a salt-rich diet can reap huge rewards in your health. In the large prospective Japanese study, researchers followed 58,730 people aged 40-79. They followed the group for 12 years. What they found could save your life.

Those taking in the most potassium had a 35% reduced risk of coronary mortality and a 27% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease mortality compared to those in the lowest quintile intake. At the same time, those with the highest sodium intake had a 55% increased risk of total stroke-related mortality, a 104% increased risk of ischemic stroke mortality, and a 42% increased risk of total cardiovascular disease-related mortality.

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I know that salt tastes great. In fact, I'm not against using salt for most people. But the salt should be either Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt. The reason? Sea salt has the identical ratio of sodium and potassium as found in our bodies. It also has a near identical blend of trace minerals as well. If you use this type of salt, you'll protect yourself from the sodium by getting the other nutritional minerals we need at the same time. Most table salts have plenty of sodium, but little else. They don't offer the same protection.

So feel free to eat one of these types of salt. You can buy them online and in many health food stores. I also recommend you eat plenty of fresh foods that are rich in potassium. These include bananas, nuts and seeds, plantain, and figs.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: "Relations between dietary sodium and potassium intakes and mortality from cardiovascular disease: the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study for Evaluation of Cancer Risks," Umesawa M, Tamakoshi A, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2008; 88(1): 195-202.

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