October 2008 Issue
Potassium Product Promises to Lower Pressure
The Buzz. Unilever, the maker of Promise spreads and Promise activ SuperShots with phytosterols for lowering blood cholesterol, has now introduced Promise activ SuperShots with potassium for lowering blood pressure. According to the company, the new fruit-based product provides a "simple, on-the-go option to help consumers achieve a diet rich in potassium." (Gee, isn’t that what bananas are?) The Basics. Americans’ average potassium intake is shockingly low—barely one-third of the currently recommended 4,700 milligrams a day. And low potassium intake is a major factor in the development of high blood pressure.
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