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How much salt should I eat per day for lower blood pressure?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Eating too much salt (which is 40% sodium) raises blood pressure while cutting back on salt lowers blood pressure to greater or lesser degrees. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that Americans reduce their salt intake to only 1,500 mg per day (about 2/3 of a teaspoon of salt), an amount that has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with or without hypertension. However, taking into consideration the high-sodium foods available on supermarket shelves and in fast-food restaurants, the AHA concedes that a target of 2,300 mg of sodium per day (1 teaspoon of salt) might be a more realistic place to start.

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