Replacing some ordinary salt with potassium salt can cut the risk of stroke.

In a 2021 study, researchers randomly assigned roughly 21,000 people living in 600 rural Chinese villages to use either ordinary salt (sodium chloride) or a salt that was 75 percent sodium chloride and 25 percent potassium chloride. All the participants had a history of stroke or were 60 or older and had poorly controlled blood pressure (140 or higher with drugs or 160 or higher without drugs).

After 4½ years, those using the potassium salt had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke than those who used only the ordinary salt.

What to do

Try a potassium-sodium mix like Morton Lite Salt and load up on (potassium-rich) fruits and vegetables.

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