High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 percent of all adults in the UK. But you could lower your risk of developing hypertension by simply taking daily potassium supplements, it’s been claimed.
“Foods that are rich in potassium are important in managing high blood pressure because potassium lessens the effects of sodium,” said the charity.
“Increasing potassium through diet is recommended in adults with blood pressure above 120/80 who are otherwise healthy.
“Even though potassium can lessen the blood pressure-raising effects of sodium, eating more potassium should be combined with your efforts to break up with that excess salt and develop other healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
“Consult with a healthcare professional before taking any over-the-counter potassium supplement.”
If you’d prefer not to take supplements, you could always increase the amount of potassium in your diet by eating certain foods.
The best sources of potassium include avocados, bananas, spinach and mushrooms.
But it is possible to have too much potassium, which is why it’s crucial to speak to a doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
Excess potassium is particularly harmful for people with kidney disease.