Certain minerals can be beneficial to those individuals with high blood pressure. The two most important minerals are potassium and magnesium. For starters, one should limit their intake of sodium-rich foods (most packaged foods) and increase their intake of potassium-rich foods (fruits, vegetables and other whole foods). In some individuals with high blood pressure these two modifications can help reduce blood pressure. There are those individuals that might not respond to a lower sodium diet, however this is a small percentage of those with high blood pressure. Magnesium has also been shown to help lower high blood pressure. Most people consume plenty of calcium in their diet through dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese.
Magnesium is often the forgotten mineral. We see plenty of people taking calcium supplements that don't include magnesium. This will have a negative impact on blood pressure in most individuals. For those with high blood pressure, 500 mg of magnesium may, along with changes in diet, help support a normal, healthy blood pressure. When supplementing with calcium and magnesium look for something close to a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. In addition look for calcium and magnesium in the form of citrate which is absorbed a bit better than some other commonly found forms such as calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide.