Research from the Harvard TH Chen School of Public Health found that low salt intake and high potassium intake reduced the risk of heart disease.
Experts say previous research reports have led to confusion among people as to whether low salt intake is beneficial or increases the risk of heart disease.
The study involved more than 10,000 people, and the data showed that low salt intake is beneficial for heart health.
Experts said that our research used standard data from six major research reports that examined the effects of salt intake.
“Our findings will help clarify the role of salt or sodium in treating coronary heart disease. Low salt intake protects against heart disease,” he said.
Sodium is a component found naturally in salts used in food and some foods, but it is often part of processed foods in high amounts.
In contrast, potassium is naturally found in fruits (bananas), green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts, milk or dairy products, and starchy vegetables.
Experts say that potassium has the opposite effect of sodium, which helps keep the arteries calm and increases the excretion of sodium from the body while also lowering blood pressure.
The study analyzed data from six major research reports focusing on sodium and potassium emissions, heart disease rates, and more.
The data was collected from multiple urine samples obtained from volunteers, which the researchers described as the most reliable method of sodium synthesis.
The samples were obtained from more than 10,000 healthy adults and were monitored for heart disease rates for about nine years, with 571 of these volunteers suffering from stroke, heart attack, and other heart diseases. Happened
Experts have found that high salt intake is significantly linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Medical experts recommend using 2300 mg of salt per day. This amount can be considered equivalent to one teaspoon of salt. But the study found that every 1,000 milligrams of sodium released from the body daily increase the risk of heart disease by 18%.
In contrast, for every 1,000 potassium excreted daily, the risk of heart disease is reduced by 18%.