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1807, Potassium Discovered

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Potassium is found in abundance in the average diet. The richest dietary sources of potassium are unprocessed foods, especially fruits, many vegetables, and fresh meats. However, some potassium can be found in nearly all foods (including the USANA Foods products). Adding potassium to USANA’s tablets or capsules would displace other important nutrients that are more difficult to obtain from a typical diet.

Some individuals taking certain medications may require additional potassium. In these cases, please consult with a physician to determine the most appropriate form and dosage.

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13 Incredible Potassium Benefits
The health benefits of potassium include relief from stroke, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.

It is the third most abundant mineral in human body and is a powerful element in improving health. It contains the components for maintaining a high level of well-being and an improved lifestyle. You should not underestimate the importance of potassium in your dietary plan.

Apart from acting as an electrolyte, this mineral is required for keeping the heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissue and other important organ systems of the human body in good condition. Potassium chloride is the main variety of this mineral, and it works in association with sodium to perform a number of critical body tasks.

Deficiency Symptoms Of Potassium
Deficiency of any nutrient in the body is undesirable and potassium is not an exception. A diet deficient in it may lead to symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness. Other indications for its deficiency include inactive reflexes, abnormal heartbeat, heart palpitations, anemia and severe headaches. Potassium-deficient people may also experience high blood pressure, pain in their intestines, swelling in their glands and diabetes as serious side effects of this deficiency.

Important Sources Of Potassium
A balanced diet must contain a fair quantity of potassium, as per the recommendations of health experts. The most important dietary sources are citrus fruits, vegetables and grains. Also, you can get an ample amount of potassium from salmon, chicken, whole milk, fresh fruit juices and almonds. Apart from

those, nuts, lime beans, potatoes and poultry are other products to be included in the potassium boosting list. However, the most important sources of potassium are avocados, bananas and coconut water.

Health Benefits Of Potassium
It is often considered an essential health nutrient, due to its numerous health benefits.

Stroke: It plays an important role in keeping brain function at a normal level. High levels of potassium allow more oxygen to reach the brain, thereby stimulating neural activity and increasing cognitive function. There is a good reason why people call bananas brain food; they contain impressively high levels of potassium!

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Bone Health 
Studies show a positive link between a diet rich in potassium and bone health, particularly among elderly women. This suggests that increasing consumption of foods rich in potassium may play a role in preventing osteoporosis. More research is needed to determine whether a diet high in potassium can reduce bone turnover in people.

The most important use of potassium is to treat the symptoms of hypokalemia (low potassium), which include weakness, lack of energy, muscle cramps, stomach disturbances, an irregular heartbeat, and an abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram, a test that measures heart function). Hypokalemia usually happens when the body loses too much potassium in the urine or intestines. It is rarely caused by a lack of potassium in the diet. Hypokalemia can be life threatening and should always be treated by a doctor.

High Blood Pressure 
Some studies have linked low levels of potassium in the diet with high blood pressure. There is also evidence that potassium supplements might cause a slight drop in blood pressure. Other studies suggest that increasing potassium intake reduces the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, possibly because of potassium's blood pressure lowering effects. Not all studies agree. Two large studies found no effect on blood pressure. It may be that taking potassium helps lower blood pressure only if you are deficient in the mineral. Before taking potassium or any supplement for high blood pressure, talk to your doctor.

Heart Disease 
Studies show that people with a higher sodium-potassium ratio have a higher risk of heart disease and all-cause mortality. Other studies show that heart attack patients who have moderate potassium levels, between 3.5 and 4.5 mEq/L, have a lower risk of death.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 
People with IBD (ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease) often have trouble absorbing nutrients from their intestines, and may have low levels of potassium and other important nutrients. If you have IBD, your doctor may check your potassium levels and recommend a supplement.

Dietary Sources
Good sources of potassium include bananas, citrus juices (such as orange juice), avocados, cantaloupes, tomatoes, potatoes, lima beans, flounder, salmon, cod, chicken, and other meats.

Available Forms
Several potassium supplements are on the market, including potassium acetate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, and potassium gluconate. Supplements are available in tablets, capsules, effervescent tablets, powders, and liquids.

Potassium can also be found in multivitamins.

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