Focusing On The Low-Salt Benefits Connection To Heart Disease

October 11th, 2013

Low-SaltAccording to a recent study, there are many people who are questioning the capability of the low salt benefits to prevent heart diseases. Many people even the experts have doubts to the national dietary guidelines on the right amount of sodium that one should take.

A prominent government panel had backed up the above claim and questioned the benefits of the low salt intake. This panel emphasized for the lack of evidence that by cutting the sodium intake will cut down the risk of suffering from heart ailments. This group, which is composed of medical experts repeatedly, said that there is no strong evidence that cutting the sodium intake at 2,300 mgs per day will be good for the heart of one person.

The Institute of Medicine has released a report furthering boosting the belief that cutting down the sodium intake has no connections in lowering the risks of heart ailments. This institute which is well known in the field of medical also said that one should be extremely careful when it comes to his sodium intake, since this is an integral nutrient that his body should have.

According the different studies, it has been proven that sodium is causing the rise on the blood pressure which leads to heart disease risk. Sodium is the primary component of the table salt and has been associated with several serious illnesses such as heart disease. Moreover, contrary to the reports, there are some inconsistencies on its results that can prove cutting down the sodium intake can lower the heart disease risk.

According to the present U.S. dietary guidelines shows the recommended sodium intake of not more than 2,300 for each day. The mentioned amount is equivalent to one teaspoon of salt per day. For those whose ages are 51 and above, their sodium intake must be 1,500 mg per day only. This is important to be observed by these people since this group is usually composed of individuals who are suffering from serious illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and chronic kidney problems.

Low-Salt1The American Heart Association is another group that suggests a tougher standard when it comes to the right sodium intake of every American. In the statement that is released by the group, they are not changing their advice and are not agreeing to the conclusions made by other medical groups.

Nancy Brown, the group’s chief executive is consistent in her belief that there is too much link that is associated to high blood pressure and heart disease. According to the report of this medical group, sodium intake should be monitored closely since it is considered as one of the essential nutrients that everyone should have.

“There is the data that shows lowering the sodium intake is indeed beneficial, but there are some questions raised of the potential harm from consuming too little salt amount,” says Dr. Brian Storm, the chairman of the committee of the Institute of Medicine.“As you can see, I can say that this is a subtle message that everyone should be aware of,” added by Dr. Storm.

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