The Role of Potassium in Lowering High Blood Pressure

The following is an excerpt from the book “The Magnesium Factor” published in 2003. From more information, click here. The Magnesium Factor, page 63:
In the early 1930s, another Canadian researcher, W.W. Priddle, lowered the high blood pressure of 100 percent of his forty-five subjects with a therapy that combined a low-sodium diet with potassium citrate supplements. Why didn’t this approach take hold? Richard Moore and George Webb, in their excellent book the K Factor, postulate that medical students of this period – and up to the present – have been taught that potassium is very dangerous. Any doctor so taught and wishing first to do no harm would be reluctant to give patients potassium, regardless of what Drs. Addison and Priddle found. Additionally, the work of neither investigator is well known in medical circles and it is not widely taught in medical schools. So we have to accept the past history and go on to modern studies testing potassium’s effect on high blood pressure. If you ask most doctors today, they will tell you that studies show potassium supplements cannot lower blood pressure. This is true for people with normal blood pressure. Like magnesium, potassium supplements will not lower normal blood pressure. But potassium supplements do lower high blood pressure.

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