Too much salt in the diet can result in an increase in the blood pressure while intravenous vitamin C injections can act favorably on central nervous system to reduce blood pressure according to a recent study.
Even with usage of three medications if the blood pressure of a person remains much above the target level, the condition is referred to as resistant hypertension. Resistant to treatment blood pressure is that condition whereby it can only be treated with usage of more than three medicines.
Researchers studied resistant high blood pressure condition on 13 patients. Patients under more than three medications were put on either a low or a high salt diet. Studies revealed that there was a reduction in the systolic pressure by 22.6 percent and diastolic pressure by 9.2 percent in those who were on low salt diet.
Diet high in salt intake also results in increasing the oxidative stress according to results of a Japanese study.
Patients suffering from resistant hypertension are therefore advised to be put on low salt diet with a minimum sodium intake. While sodium intake of an average person could be upto 3000 mgs, those with resistant hypertension should take not more than 1500 mgs per day.
A lot of people are however disputing the claim that salt is responsible for increase in blood pressure, which includes the salt industry. More study and research is necessary to determine the extent to which salt affects hypertension and resistant high blood pressure in patients.
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