The #1 Nutrient Deficiency in High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Learn about one of the top causes of hypertension and how one important mineral can help.

0:00 Introduction: Essential hypertension
0:32 What is high blood pressure?
1:11 What causes hypertension?
2:29 Potassium and heart health
4:04 Best sources of potassium
5:08 How to lower blood pressure naturally

In this video, we’re going to take a look at hypertension. Ninety percent of all hypertension is considered essential hypertension. This means the cause is unknown. Anti-hypertensive medication is one of the most prescribed medicines in the world.

Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Research suggests a strong relationship between potassium deficiency and high blood pressure. Many people are deficient in potassium because the requirements are so high—4700 mg daily.

You need about half as much sodium as potassium, but many people consume three times as much sodium as potassium!

Potassium directly controls the tone of the vascular system. This directly affects blood pressure. Potassium also supports the endothelial layer of the arteries and helps improve insulin resistance.

Potassium supplements often only contain 99 mg of potassium, which is incredibly low considering how much potassium you actually need.

You can get potassium from salad, but you must consume around 7 to 10 cups daily. This also provides magnesium. The combination of potassium and magnesium can help reduce high blood pressure.

Diets high in carbs and sugar cause you to lose potassium. Adrenaline and cortisol deplete potassium as well.

To support healthy blood pressure levels, try increasing your salad intake. You can also look for a high-quality electrolyte powder that's high in potassium.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this explains why potassium is the best mineral for lowering blood pressure naturally. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. @FilipinoRecipesbyAyeng on March 13, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    Let me guess, potassium?

    • @dimaknopf on March 13, 2024 at 12:06 pm

      We’ve been watching Dr Berg for so long we’ve become doctors ourselves 😂

    • @caro.caro.9578 on March 13, 2024 at 12:11 pm

      ​@@dimaknopf So much so guessing has become diagnosing. 😅😅😅

    • @fidelcatsro6948 on March 13, 2024 at 12:19 pm

      yes congratulations!

    • @jacquesandrade814 on March 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, POTASSIUM from BANANAS 🍌 , COCOA 🥥 WATER, ORANGES 🍊, etc.! 😉

    • @darkarpit on March 13, 2024 at 1:32 pm

      thats why losartan works so wonderfully

  2. @ginafumi3010 on March 13, 2024 at 12:05 pm

    Nothing like the truth! Went to drs and they’re not interested getting to root of problem just prescribing junk. I took myself off and started listening to REAL DRS!!!!❤ Ty Dr Berg!

    • @whoknows8223 on March 13, 2024 at 12:12 pm

      He rather wants to keep you as a patient

    • @rayo1371 on March 13, 2024 at 1:14 pm

      please post your progress .. good luck

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:09 pm

      Happy to share videos that can help you all.

    • @Awf.lately on March 13, 2024 at 2:47 pm

      I felt the same way. I ask questions no answer and I’m like well there has to be some cause… i didn’t always have a high bp. And no one in my family has it. Of course no answer. So i started doing research on my own. Not once did they ever say if you’re nutrient deficient it can cause HBP.

    • @intelin123 on March 13, 2024 at 3:05 pm

      There are evil drs and good drs. The evil ones work at hospitals and the good ones go on yoitube but they are trying to ban youtube

  3. @bertchiu9265 on March 13, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Excellent info Dr Berg!! Who woulda thought!! 🥴 In fact I just read that avocados 🥑 are the TOP food source for potassium — and I eat at least one per day — occasionally two! We always stock up on avocados every trip to Costco, and once they just BARELY get ripe they are placed into the vegetable compartment of our refrigerator to slow the ripening process allowing them to be eaten over the course of the next week or even two! 👍

    From Healthline — Avocados are packed with nutrients, and one avocado provides roughly 15% of your daily potassium needs. They’re also rich in vitamin K and folate.

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 12:36 pm

      Glad you like the info shared here. Thanks for watching!

    • @bertchiu9265 on March 13, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      @@Drberg been watching since PRE-COVID … you ROCK Sir Eric!! 🤩

    • @darrenrubendall3020 on March 13, 2024 at 1:29 pm

      Love avocados. I am also taking beet root powder which is rich in potassium

    • @foresttemple1380 on March 13, 2024 at 1:53 pm

      I had some BP medicine. .then I ran out of it..I got some rad headache I couldn’t shake with anything & I didn’t know Y. I went to a hospital after two months of this put on an IV my BP was so high..they kept me on that for 11 hours as it wasn’t coming down ..from 3:00 p m. Till 2:00 a.m. then had me leave ..with some pill scrip but nothing was open at that hour .I was very distraught

    • @JoeJ-8282 on March 13, 2024 at 2:43 pm

      Avocados are awesome and delicious, at least at their PRIME ripeness point, which only lasts for a few short days, literally…

      Unless, (and this is an addition to what you said about putting them in the vegetable drawer of your fridge), (avocados are actually a tropical FRUIT, BTW!), but anyway, an even MORE effective way to keep avocados for a long time in the refrigerator is when they’re just about ripe enough to use, right before then place them into a jar and completely submerge them in filtered water and tightly seal the top of the jar, then place that sealed jar with the water and avocado(s) in it into the fridge, on ANY shelf that’s convenient, and the avocado(s) that are completely submerged in the clean water this way will keep for many weeks without spoiling, or getting too ripe to use!

      The key points are to make sure the avocados stay completely submerged so that NO AIR can get to them, that you always use filtered water, NOT just straight out of the tap, AND that you always thoroughly wash the outsides of the avocados BEFORE placing them into the water in the jar.

      Try it, it really works!

  4. @maryintx4409 on March 13, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    I recently learned (Dr. Nathan Bryan) that nitric oxide deficiency also plays a role in high blood pressure. Thank you for this informative video

    • @theancientsancients1769 on March 13, 2024 at 12:52 pm

      Yes, my dad who passed away had extremely high blood pressure issues and when he took a product that naturally increased Nitric oxide called VasqFlow his blood pressure went down even without medication

    • @BrensBoutique on March 13, 2024 at 1:55 pm

      @@theancientsancients1769 Did the supplement have anything to do with his passing though?😬

  5. @UCONN_HUSKIES on March 13, 2024 at 12:23 pm

    This runs deep in my family. The meds keep me at 122/80.
    My doctor says that’s too much potassium why you doctors can’t be on the same page? I could eat two avocados and that 1,400 of potassium by itself.

    • @swimmingupstream5301 on March 13, 2024 at 2:07 pm

      @@rayo1371but they do profit by prescribing medication…. So both sides make quite a bit through the sale of different products.

    • @curlysonthemove on March 13, 2024 at 2:07 pm

      ​@rayo1371 You do realize that Doctors make money off the prescriptions they prescribe…

    • @DaaYay on March 13, 2024 at 2:27 pm

      Go keto plus this advice in this video. I’m off my BP medication for good!! Yay! I finally found the right balance but definitely was going Keto first and supplementing with essential nutrients. I feel great all thanks to Dr Berg. My regular doctor was just always pushing more pills on me and I would just decline. No more pills and no more worry!

    • @teresamexico309 on March 13, 2024 at 2:47 pm

      @@rayo1371 This Dr. is a Chiropractor but he has a team and they do research the topic and between eating well and taking some supplements vs taking pills that control de effect only (which are expensive and have side effects), I do choose the first.

      Regarding to the “regular” Drs I am sure they a re well intentioned but they miss the link Nutrition-diseases while Vets are way ahead of them. When someone takes a pet to the Vet, the first thing the Vet asks is what is he eating? 🙂

    • @user-fe5lr9zt3y on March 13, 2024 at 2:59 pm

      how did you get 122 /80?Every time toy take the reading it is different?

  6. @WilliamFluery on March 13, 2024 at 12:23 pm

    I eat a large popcorn sized bowl of salad everyday. I recently weighed it and it was nearly 3 lbs. It’s a raw, multi-vegetable salad consisting of 8oz of leafy greens, hand full of baby carrots, 4 portobello mushrooms, 6 shaven brussel sprouts, 1 cup broccoli tops, 2 miniature cucumbers, 1/2 cup of raw onion, 1 cup bell pepper, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup of sauerkraut, 1/4 cup kimchi, 3 pickle wedges, salt, pepper, garlic powder, EV olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then I eat 85 – 100g of protein (beef, salmon, sardines, and/or eggs). This makes my one meal a day. I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then drink 2-3 liters of filtered water with 3 scoops of Dr Berg’s Electrolyte Powder. I also walk 8-9 miles every other day. The powder alone gives me 3,000 mg of potassium and I know the salad gives me plenty of potassium to reach 4,700.

    • @mariawelling4194 on March 13, 2024 at 12:58 pm


    • @FierceWarriorForChrist on March 13, 2024 at 1:15 pm

      awesome routine ,very healthy ! what benefits have you noticed overtime sticking to that diet ?

    • @timm285 on March 13, 2024 at 1:47 pm

      That’s a lot of chewing. Why not cook some of the vegetables? Blanching or lightly sautéing them with garlic, will break down the cell walls and make the nutrients more bioavailable. Most of what you are eating gets crapped out in the toilet and your body isn’t absorbing a lot of nutrition from the raw vegetables

    • @jetjaguar5200 on March 13, 2024 at 2:12 pm

      Hey that’s all great but check out how paul stammets the mushroom expert talks about portabella mushrooms! They’re such a big industry that it’s kept info, but they are poison! Unless cooked to a perfect point. Scout out a healthy mushroom! 🍄

    • @teresamexico309 on March 13, 2024 at 2:53 pm

      @@timm285 I could not chew that much, I get tired of eating.

  7. @etejan42 on March 13, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    My husband thought he might have gout, so i picked up some of your electrolyte, and he is doing that multiple times a day. I am interested to see if it also helps his blood pressure now!

  8. @TheESMAT07 on March 13, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    I use your electrolyte powder after trying every other alternative because of the price. Absolutely worth it! 👌

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:32 pm

      I’m glad that you love it!

  9. @kitchen1901 on March 13, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve been dealing with palpitations, one day during prayer I heard potassium….I take it now, it helps.

    • @fidelcatsro6948 on March 13, 2024 at 1:12 pm

      divine guidance!

    • @user-ik2tw2sx2c on March 13, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      Magnesium really helps.

    • @timm285 on March 13, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      See a cardiologist

    • @RT-qz5ci on March 13, 2024 at 2:45 pm

      Same! I second adding magnesium

    • @Enoch940 on March 13, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      I had same. Took magnesium and potasium and prayer and gone.

  10. @MisterDevos on March 13, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Doc 🙏 I’ve lost 20 pounds this year and lowered my BP thanks to your videos 😊

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:43 pm

      Most welcome!

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:44 pm

      Great job! Keep it up!

  11. @MarieWilliams027 on March 13, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    Understanding the dynamics behind how human body works is fundamental. Love how you explain everything so clear and straight on point, Dr Berg. Thank you ❤

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:45 pm

      I’m glad you liked this post.

  12. @ChrissieSM on March 13, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    What I like about Dr Berg is that he goes straight to the point, unlike others on YT who would take about 30 minutes to say something Dr Berg would say in 5 minutes.

    • @Boss0Leeny on March 13, 2024 at 3:39 pm

      Dr.Eckbert has that bad 🤦🏽‍♂️

    • @susannefitzpatrick9955 on March 13, 2024 at 4:43 pm

      Some (like the wonderful Dr Rangan Chattergee) take 2 and a half HOURS to get to the point!! That’s why I watch Dr Berg – researched, factual and succinct. Amazing man.

    • @tbascoebuzz4782 on March 13, 2024 at 6:10 pm

      YES!!!!! …THANK YOU!!!

    • @willbee6785 on March 13, 2024 at 6:59 pm

      Absolutely. That’s why he’s worth listening to.

  13. @misterjorge2581 on March 13, 2024 at 1:51 pm

    Eat healthy, exercise, take vitamin tabs, drink green tea and sleep well … That’s what I’ve done and just celebrated my 85th birthday lately. 😊

    • @marshaburke8115 on March 13, 2024 at 2:53 pm

      Happy Birthday!!!!!

    • @ColemanRG on March 13, 2024 at 2:58 pm

      Can’t argue with the results.

    • @loekvanderpoel5843 on March 13, 2024 at 2:58 pm

      Congratulations 🎉

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 3:01 pm


    • @pearl2910 on March 13, 2024 at 3:38 pm

      Congratulations 🎂

  14. @yassineb6563 on March 13, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you Sir. You are helping millions fix their diet and get healthier. God bless you.

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:55 pm

      Very glad to be of help.

  15. @rebeccaoprea9917 on March 13, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    This came right on time. I’ve been experiencing high blood pressure for the first time this year.

    • @Drberg on March 13, 2024 at 2:56 pm

      Glad to know that you liked this post!

  16. @a.williams45 on March 13, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    This is great insightful video, Dr Berg. Natural sources of Potassium (K) are in spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, avocados, beet greens, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts, dairy, fish and eggs among other fruits, vegetables and legumes, also it’s important to point out that drinking excessive amounts of water may deplete potassium as well. Thank you 🙏🏻❤

    • @AutumnLuvsJesus on March 13, 2024 at 4:33 pm

      WATER! It’s a life saver for us!!!!!

    • @a.williams45 on March 13, 2024 at 4:50 pm

      @@AutumnLuvsJesus water is essential for all living beings indeed, nobody is denying that fact.

    • @pat4005 on March 13, 2024 at 5:10 pm

      And drinking water without electrolytes can add to that problem.

      I also think that so many people now drink bottled water, that is filtered and / or never had the necessary minerals in the first place!

      The bulk of the people living in the cities are most likely drinking bottled water, and if they are drinking city water, it going to be processed through the city’s system and get stripped of any relevant minerals it may have had.

    • @a.williams45 on March 13, 2024 at 6:04 pm

      @@pat4005 agreed. Good quality clean water takes some research according to availability and resources depending where we are. Thanks.

  17. @LilYeshua on March 13, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve been on blood pressure meds for a couple of years but I have been two hundred and twenty pounds overweight plus I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. At my doctor’s advice i changed my diet omitting bread,rice, starches, sugar ,pasta and started eating protein and salad with no dressing except for vinegar and have been losing eight pounds per month. One of the meds I’ve been talking is Rybelsus 3mg which helps my body to lose weight. My last doctor’s visit yielded an A1C of 6.9 which was 10.2 last November and 15 two years ago. I’ve also had low kidney function so my potassium was elevated and a low sodium indication but my doctor said that my kidney function has improved. So far my weight has come down from 376 to 345 as of last month and weigh around 338 as of now. I got more weight to lose while eating healthy as my ideal weight is around 145.

    • @Rageof4wa on March 13, 2024 at 3:48 pm

      Congrats and keep it up! You are doing amazing!

    • @litalewis8425 on March 13, 2024 at 5:23 pm


  18. @vickigonya9432 on March 13, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    My blood pressure was crazy high!!! 259/110 And wildly fluctuating because of taking ALEVE. I quit taking it, added more potassium, D3 and K2 mek7, next day 144/80 , within a week 138/80, then week 2 130/70, week 3-4
    120/70 back to normal, been there for a year!! When it was so high the pharmacist at Publix pharmacy blood pressure kiosk tried to send me to a hospital— NOPE wasnt risking getting the jab!! I googled Dr Berg , did what he said and was perfectly fine!!!! ❤
    L💝VE DR BERG!!! THANK YOU- my dr wanted to prescribe blood pressue meds, and diabetes meds. I refused both!!! A1C was 5 on my blood test. I told her not to write it because I wont fill it nor will I take it. No big pharma meds for me!!

    • @user-hd9gu6iw6l on March 13, 2024 at 4:53 pm

      ALEVE contains Naproxane which is used for pain and inflammation. I can understand why you were using it. Again which diet are you following now.

    • @psisavath on March 13, 2024 at 5:27 pm

      What are supplement dosages and frequency?

    • @kathleenking47 on March 13, 2024 at 6:02 pm

      We didnt have to go back that far
      Just, the 19th century 🙂
      Making food easily available, made sure, we wouldn’t starve
      However, nany fasted, not knowing it

      The mistake then, was being around nasty air, and smoking

  19. @sharon94503 on March 13, 2024 at 4:04 pm

    My mother’s Cardiologist had a hunch as to why she had high bp even with meds; ordered a angiogram and discovered that she did NOT have atherosclerosis in the traditional sense, BUT what she DID have was KIDNEY STENOSIS of 60% on the right side and 40% on the left. When the kidneys are starved of blood, signals are sent to increase supply and increases blood pressure. Stents placed, she went from 145/85 to an average of 120/80.

  20. @MrOogats on March 13, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    My blood pressure became constantly high 145/105 so I decided to eat only vegetables for a week. After 5 days it went way down back to normal 125/82

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