Potassium Benefits: the health benefits of potassium

February 9, 2010

Diets & Nutrition

Recommended daily dose of potassium: 3500 mg (3, 5 g)

Potassium food sources
Poultry, fish, fruits (bananas, apricots, prunes, and cantaloupe) and vegetables (spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes) are the most important sources of potassium.

The health benefits of potassium
• It is an important blood pressure regulator because it extracts sodium from the cells, thus reducing the volume of fluid in the body;
• It participates in the chemical reactions involving proteins and carbohydrates (stimulating the secretion of insulin);
• It influences cardiac and electrical neuromuscular phenomena (rapid passage of inflow nervous excitability and contraction)

Useful health tips about potassium
• Potassium supplements are totally unsuitable for people suffering from diabetes or kidney failure, or that take drugs with diuretic action or for hypertension.

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