How Much Salt Raises Your Blood Pressure? Or, Does Sodium Really Matter?

Topics: Wellness and Health

If you have normal blood pressure, and you follow the DASH-low sodium (1.5g/d, which is 3.8 g/d of salt) diet, your systolic blood pressure drops 7 points; if you have high blood pressure, it drops 11.5 points, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

But you may not have to go that low on added salt. Table salt is only 40% sodium. The best science about sodium is summarized in JAMA in April.

Check out these DASH recipes, which Dr. John created for the DASH Eating Plan, free. They’re rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium from fresh ingredients: these minerals are the reason that the DASH Diet works to lower blood pressure.