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BACKGROUND: Adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet enhances potassium intake and reduces sodium intake and blood pressure (BP), but the underlying metabolic pathways are unclear. OBJECTIVES: Among free-living populations, we delineated metabolic signatures associated with the DASH diet adherence, 24-hour urinary sodium and potassium excretions, and the potential metabolic pathways involved. METHODS: We used 24-hour urinary metabolic profiling by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to characterize the metabolic signatures associated with the DASH dietary pattern score (DASH score) and 24-hour excretion of sodium and potassium among participants in the United States (n = 2164) and United Kingdom (n = 496) enrolled in the International Study of Macro- and Micronutrients and Blood Pressure (INTERMAP). Multiple linear regression and cross-tabulation analyses were used to investigate the DASH-BP relation and its modulation by sodium and potassium. Potential pathways associated with DASH adherence, sodium and potassium excretion, and BP were identified using mediation analyses and metabolic reaction networks. RESULTS: Adherence to the DASH diet was associated with urinary potassium excretion (correlation coefficient, r = 0.42; P 

Original publication




Journal article


Am J Clin Nutr

Publication Date





216 - 229


24-hour dietary recalls, DASH dietary pattern, biomarkers, blood pressure, hypertension, metabolic pathways, potassium, sodium, urinary metabolites, Blood Pressure, Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension, Humans, Hypertension, Micronutrients, Potassium, Sodium, Sodium, Dietary