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Your Health: 4-7-13 Benefits of less salt

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The recipe for living longer and reducing your risk high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke may be found in your kitchen.

New research shows eating less salt and increasing potassium levels would help prevent death of heart attack and stroke.

The review of previous research found that even a modest reduction in salt led to significant decreases in blood pressure, leading to a reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure among adults.

They also found evidence that less salt lowered blood pressure in children.

A third study analyzed data and found that increased potassium intake reduced blood pressure in adults and reduced their risk of stroke by 24 percent.

More research is needed to learn whether higher potassium benefits children.

Potassium is found in most fresh fruits and vegetables and in legumes, such as beans and peas.

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