Benefits of Potassium

health_imgBenefits of Potassium

Potassium is one of the seven essential macrominerals (requiring >100mg/day) along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride and sulfur.

High potassium intakes are associated with a 20% decreased risk of dying from all causes, a reduced risk of stroke, lower blood pressure, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.

Potassium’s primary functions in the body include building muscle, synthesizing proteins, controlling the electrical activity of the heart and maintaining acid-base balance. Potassium is needed for maintenance of total body fluid volume, keeping electrolytes in balance and ensuring normal cell function.

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 to perform a number of critical body tasks.

The World Health Organization recommends an intake of 3,510 mg per day and agrees that most of the world’s population is not meeting this recommendation.

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