Potassium

Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body and is considered an electrolyte. Potassium keeps your muscles and nervous system working properly.

Functionality:

Potassium is needed for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It assists in muscle contractions and in maintaining appropriate levels of fluid and the electrolyte balance in the body cells. Potassium also functions in the conduction of nerve impulses and enables the body to convert glucose into energy, which is then stored in reserve by the muscles and liver.

Deficiency Diseases:

Fatigue, Cramping legs, Muscle weakness, slow reflexes, Acne, Dry skin, Mood changes, Irregular heartbeat.

Overdose Disease: Kidney failure

Deficiency Symptoms:
  • Weakness
  • Scarring of heart muscle, Irregular heartbeat or heart failure
  • Hypertrophy of kidneys
  • Paralysis of muscle
  • Retarded bone growth
Rich Sources:

Bananas, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Potatoes with skins, Kiwi, Leafy green vegetables, Broccoli Citrus fruits, Oranges, Dried fruits, Dates, Apricots, Avocado, Beans, Peas, Lentils, and Peanuts are rich sources of Potassium.

Important for:
  • Regulates heartbeat
  • Maintains fluid balance
  • Helps muscles contract
  • Helps in lower blood pressure
  • Dispose of body wastes
  • Reduces pain of arthritis
Best Suitable Composition:

A person should take as much potassium as sodium twice, and is best taken with vitamin B6.

Recommended Daily Intake:
  • Men & Women: 3500 mg