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Because of sodium: effervescent tablets can be dangerous if you have high blood pressure
According to a recent study, effervescent tablets often contain a lot of sodium. High sodium intake can be dangerous in people with high blood pressure. According to experts, these people should better resort to preparations in other forms.
It depends on the amount
According to scientists, the question of how much salt is actually healthy has to be answered individually. High salt consumption increases the risk of high blood pressure, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, but salt is also a vital mineral for the body.
High-pressure patients should refrain from consuming salt
But: "High-pressure patients can have a positive impact on their risk of cardiovascular diseases if they are reluctant to eat salt," the German Society for Endocrinology reported in a recent statement. Professor Helmut Schatz from the company's Board of Management explained: “The sodium contained in table salt binds water and thus increases the blood volume. The pressure in the vessels becomes higher and with it the blood pressure, so a simplified explanation of a complex process ”.
High sodium content in effervescent tablets
The sodium content in effervescent tablets is often so high that it can be a health hazard for hypertension patients. The "Consumer" magazine of the Austrian consumer protection organization Verein für Konsumenteninformation (VKI) has now examined 20 medicines and six food supplements and found that the maximum daily dose was exceeded in six cases at maximum dosage, reports the APA news agency. Those affected should therefore prefer to take capsules or tablets
Not more than 1.5 grams of sodium a day
The American Heart Association (AHA) upper limit for an adult was used as the basis for the survey conducted in February and March. This recommends a daily amount of a maximum of 1.5 grams of sodium. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls the maximum dose two grams per day.
According to the information, the sodium in effervescent tablets comes from the added sodium carbonates, which ensure that the active ingredients dissolve faster in the water.
Daily maximum amount clearly exceeded
According to the agency report, the exceedance of the recommended intake in the test resulted from the fact that the maximum daily dose for adults was used. In the case of Alka Seltzer effervescent tablets, for example, this was a total of nine. With a single tablet one would be at 30 percent of the recommendation of 1.5 grams, with nine the daily maximum would be exceeded by 2.7 times.
Two Aspirin and Mexavit products as well as two Aspro Grippal were also exceeded. Pain relievers were generally high.
Hypertension patients should use other drugs
According to the magazine "Konsument", around 70 to 75 percent of the salt used, the main supplier of sodium, is in processed food or other products of the food industry in Europe. "This means that we tend to consume too much table salt rather than too little sodium," says the magazine. The sheet therefore recommends hypertension patients to prefer capsules, tablets or liquid preparations in order to avoid further absorption of the alkali metal. (ad)