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In Brief: Potassium supplementation

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Potassium supplementation: Reduces blood pressure "substantially" in African Americans who have potassium-low diets, Johns Hopkins University researchers report in a recent Archives of internal Medicine article. Based on a study of 87 African Americans aged 27 to 65 randomized to a 21-day intervention of either 80 mmol/day of potassium supplements or placebo, the researchers found that the supplementation group exhibited average reductions of 6.9 mm Hg systolic and 2.5 mm Hg diastolic blood pressure. The study was led by Hopkins' Federick Brancati, MD...

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