Potassium

fluctuations in heartbeat, insomnia, low blood pressure, muscular fatigue, periodic headaches, dizziness, and salt retention.

 

Complimentary Nutrients:

B6, and  sodium.

 

Antagonists:

Excessive salt and sugar, alcohol, and cortisone. Stress increases the body's need for potassium. Tobacco and caffeine reduce potassium absorption. Kidney disorders, diarrhea, and the use of diuretics or laxatives all disrupt potassium levels...

 

Health Benefits:

Skin, heartbeat, rapid growth, blood, kidneys, muscle contraction, and nerve tranquilization.

 

Therapeutic Uses:

High blood pressure, acne, alcoholism , allergies, diabetes, burns, colic in infants, and heart disease  - angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction.

Vitamin Therapies should be done with the supervision of a qualified health care professional. In the panel on the left, under ailments you can find more information about treatments for some of these conditions. You can also locate therapeutic information on this site by using the search engine below and entering words relating to the ailment you are interested in.

 

Deficiency Indicators:

Slow irregular heartbeat, weak reflexes, dry skin, constipation, general weakness, Insomnia, muscle damage, nervousness, acne, and continuous thirst.

 

Dosage:

RDA

Optimal Health

Therapeutic Amounts

1875-5625 mg

99 mg

200 mg

 

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are dosages developed by the FDA. These amounts are designed to prevent deficiency symptoms. For optimal health it is necessary to take a larger dose. The optimal health amounts are for adults and children weighing over 100 lbs. Children under the age of six should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. The therapeutic amounts to treat special conditions are usually much higher, and should not be taken without the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

 

Sources:

Foods high in potassium include: dairy, fish, fruit, legumes, meat, poultry, vegetables, whole grains, apricots, avocados, bananas, blackstrap molasses, brown rice, dates, peaches, tomato juice, peanuts, seafood, figs, garlic, nuts, potatoes, raisins, winter squash, wheat bran, and yams. Here are some examples.

Food

Amount

MG

bananas

1 medium

500

baked potatoes

1 medium

500

sunflower seeds

1 cup

900

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