Health & Nutrition
Based on its link with high blood pressure, or hypertension, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently advocated food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the sodium content of their foods by 50% and has asked the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to review food labeling rules related to sodium. Although the current FDA recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sodium in the diet is currently established at 2400mg, the average American consumes about 4000mg per day. It is feared that the continued consumption of these high levels of sodium could continue to lead to the progression of hypertension-related health problems.
SOLO® benefits from documented efficacy shown in a 12 month double blind placebo trial conducted in South Africa. A double-blind controlled study carried out on a hundred men who had high blood pressure averaging 157.5/90.8 mm Hg administered subjects either regular salt or SOLO® low sodium sea salt over 24 weeks. The result was a significant reduction in blood pressure in those using SOLO® Low Sodium Sea Salt, with the systolic blood pressure falling by 7.6 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure falling by 3.3 mm Hg.
One of the most effective ways to lower blood pressure is to change the balance of minerals in the diet. This is because the inner wall of arteries contains a layer of muscle that is either relaxed or contracted, depending on the balance of electrolytic minerals inside and outside the muscle cells. When muscle contracts, blood pressure increases. The minerals in question are calcium, magnesium and potassium, all of which relax the artery, and sodium which contracts it. If each of these first three are given in isolation, they significantly lower blood pressure. Conversely, reducing salt (sodium chloride) tends to have the same effect. Of these, magnesium has the greatest effect. While the effect of each mineral individually is less than that of the common anti-hypertensive drugs, a combined increase in calcium, magnesium and potassium intake, coupled with a decrease in sodium, can dramatically lower blood pressure. Because SOLO® Low-Sodium Sea Salt contains natural sea salt, magnesium and potassium in near perfect proportions, it offers the right balance of sodium and minerals. SOLO® is comprised of the following three components:
Not all salt is bad for you. Traditional salt is simple sodium chloride. Sea salt contains sodium, as well as other important trace minerals. SOLO® sea salt is quite different. It has 60% reduced sodium content, plus significantly more potassium and magnesium.
Heart attack victims tend to have 30 per cent less magnesium and more calcium than controls. Cardiovascular risk is also higher in parts of the world where either the dietary intake or intake of magnesium from water is low, while that same risk is lower in areas with water described as “hard” which tends to provide more calcium and magnesium naturally. Modern diets may be becoming deficient in magnesium, which is rich in vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole foods and low in refined foods, meat and dairy produce.
Professors Burton and Bella Altura, a husband and wife team from State University of New York’s Health Science Center, have researched magnesium over three decades. They have conclusively proven that removing magnesium from the environment of blood vessels made them go into spasm, potentially halving the diameter of an artery. Increasing magnesium intake, especially for those with borderline deficiency, has an immediate effect on lowering blood pressure. As long ago as 1977 researchers from Georgetown University demonstrated an 11 per cent decrease in blood pressure by giving magnesium to those with hypertension. Since then the relaxing effects of magnesium on the arteries has been well established by numerous research groups. People with high blood pressure do frequently show lower levels of magnesium than those with normal blood pressure.
Some studies have linked low dietary potassium intake with high blood pressure. The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends adequate amounts of potassium in the diet, along with other measures such as dietary calcium and weight loss, to prevent the development of high blood pressure. Similarly, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet emphasizes eating foods rich in fruits, vegetables, and low- or non-fat dairy products to provide high intake of potassium, as well as magnesium and calcium.
Potassium is a mineral that helps the kidneys function normally. It also plays a key role in cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle contraction, making it an important nutrient for normal heart, digestive, and muscular function. A diet high in potassium from fruits, vegetables, and legumes is generally recommended for optimum heart health.
Proper balance of potassium in the body depends on sodium. Therefore, excessive use of sodium may deplete the body's stores of potassium. Other conditions that can cause potassium deficiency include diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, malnutrition, and use of diuretics. In addition, coffee and alcohol can increase the amount of potassium excreted in the urine. Adequate amounts of magnesium are also needed to maintain normal levels of potassium.
The potassium chloride used in SOLO® contains potassium your body may need and has a “salty” sensory profile that contributes to the flavor profile SOLO® exhibits.
NOTE: Persons with hyperkalemia or any kidney
disorders should consult a physician before using any product
containing potassium, including SOLO®.