Sodium and High Blood Pressure
Reducing sodium in the diet can prevent high blood pressure in those at risk for the disease and can help control high blood pressure. Limiting sodium is part of a heart-healthy eating plan that can help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Most people with high blood pressure shouldn't eat more than 2,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day.footnote 1
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