Health Benefits and Sources Of Sodium
Estimated Amounts Needed
- 500 mg/day for adults
- 120 mg for infants
- Daily Value recommendation – no more than 2,400 to 3,000 mg/day
- Sodium is required by the body to regulate blood pressure and blood volume. It helps regulate the fluid balance in your body. Sodium also helps in the proper functioning of muscles and nerves.
- Many people get far more sodium than they need, which tends to cause health problems.
- Different body types need different amounts of sodium.
- Sodium occurs naturally in almost all fresh, whole fruits but passionfruit has a significant amount.
- Sodium occurs naturally in almost all fresh, whole vegetables, these have significant amounts:
- Amaranth leaves
- Brussels Sprouts
- Spaghetti squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Most seeds, nuts and grains have some sodium, these have more than others: