When do people start believing that salt induces hypertension? Has it been scientifically proven?

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The belief that “salt induces hypertension” has been believed for about 100 years. But its real impact to human, especially on the lives of modern people, is merely the matter in recent years.

In 1904, a German doctor gave the very first assumption: salt was the culprit to induce high blood pressure. Since then, the World War I and World War II happened over the world, most of the people living during that period of time were suffering from hunger, war and death. There weren’t many conditions to cause diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers. The issues such as high blood pressure did not become a major one to get people’s attention during that period. With the post-war rapid economic development in Europe and the U.S, high blood pressure and the other diseases suddenly began to slip and give a great impact on developed countries.

As the result, an almost forgotten topic: salt may be the original culprit of high blood pressure has finally been recalled. However, when this view was just put forth, the medical authoritative profession took opposite views. Even till today, the topic about whether salt is the culprit of high blood pressure or how salt can induce high blood pressure is constantly discussing, Especially the current global salt restriction has made many experts and scholars uneasy. They think that the consequences of doing so can be very risky.

Many foreign experts have already pointed out that in modern society, the deficiency of salt may lead a physique to be inflammatory, and the inflammatory physique is so-called the acidic physique or chronic physical which is the delicate physique that the ages always say. An inflammatory physique can’t fight against the harms that hazards and environmental pollution bring. It brings a lot of impacts and injuries to human health. A healthy body can not be separated from salt supplement, especially in this polluted era.

In the relationship between salt and high blood pressure, there have been a number of different findings. For example, the World Health Organization did an international survey on the issue of salt intake and high blood pressure. There were 1 million people over 32 countries involved in the survey. Among them, Osaka, Toyama and other places in Japan were also selected as the objects for the survey. People who were investigated in the other countries’ averagely took between 8 – 11 grams of salt per day but the intake of salt of Japanese was on an average between 10 – 12 grams. Although it was slightly higher than other countries, the ratio on suffering from high blood pressure is the least.

Finally the final findings of the causes of high blood pressure are:

It shows that salt has nothing to do with high blood pressure. This is the survey on the relationship between high blood pressure and salt by the World Health Organization in 1983.