Potassium

Potassium together with sodium and chloride comprise the electrolyte family of minerals. It is called electrolytes because they conduct electricity when dissolved in water, these minerals work together closely. About 95% of the potassium in the body is stored within cells, while sodium and chloride are predominantly located outside the cell.

Potassium is one of the major minerals necessary for human health. It is such an important nutrient that some experts have called it the MOST important. It is generally recognized that the average person does not get enough potassium. This is obvious when we look at chronic health problems which is directly related to a lack of potassium.

Potassium keeps the nervous system humming and muscles toned. It also helps keep the blood pressure at normal levels and may prevent stroke and chronic disease. A new report released by the US Institute of Medicine suggests that potassium deficiency may also be a critical factor in high blood pressure and heart disease, and that Americans would do well to consume more potassium-rich foods as part of their regular diets.

According to the report, the average American consumes half of the recommended daily amount of potassium, which is 4,700 milligrams (mg) a day for adults. A 2010 study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that consuming this amount of potassium every day can significantly improve blood pressure, as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/032456_potassium_disease_prevention.html#ixzz1Z6kWqj3e

If you don’t get enough, you’re likely to feel weak, tired and irritable. To avoid this, eat potassium-rich foods and control your sodium intake. These two minerals need to be balanced in your body, and too little potassium or too much sodium can cause problems.

Food rich in Potassium:

Important tasks of Potassium in our body:

Inadequate Potassium leads to:

Recommended Daily Intake: RDA (as per UMM for potassium)

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