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What are the health benefits of sodium?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
The following are health benefits of sodium:
  • Balances fluids in the body
  • Helps send nerve impulses
  • Needed for muscle contractions
  • Influences blood pressure; even modest reductions in sodium consumption can lower blood pressure.
  • Currently, overall consumption levels are much higher (at least 2-3 fold higher) than needed for any health benefits

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