High blood pressure is a big health problem around the world. It’s the main reason people die early when it could have been prevented.
A groundbreaking study from Emory University has found that adding two important minerals, calcium and magnesium, to drinking water might help lower blood pressure.
This is a big deal, especially in the U.S., where nearly half of all adults are trying to manage this condition.
The Startling Discovery from Salty Water
The research, led by Abu Mohammed Naser, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, began by looking at how different kinds of drinking water affected people’s health in a coastal area of Bangladesh. Here, people usually drink either pond water or groundwater.
The surprising part? People who drank salty water had lower blood pressure than those who drank fresh water. This was unexpected because salty water has sodium, which is known to raise blood pressure.
The Role of Calcium and Magnesium
Curious about this finding, the researchers tested the urine of the participants. They found more calcium and magnesium in those who drank the salty water.
This led them to think that these minerals, not the sodium, were helping to lower blood pressure. This fits with earlier research showing that calcium and magnesium are important for keeping blood pressure at a good level.
Adding Minerals to Drinking Water
So, the team from Emory University suggests that putting calcium and magnesium in drinking water could be a simple and effective way to control blood pressure for many people, especially those at risk for high blood pressure-related problems.
But more research is needed to confirm these results and figure out the best way to add these minerals to water.
This study shows how straightforward solutions can address big health issues like high blood pressure. Such solutions are especially helpful in places where it’s hard to get healthcare or medicine, or where simple preventive steps can greatly lower the risk of health problems.
The research from Emory University, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlights a potential easy and impactful way to control high blood pressure.
By adding calcium and magnesium to drinking water, we might be closer to managing high blood pressure, a leading cause of early death. This approach could make the path to health and well-being easier for many people worldwide.
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