Interesting Facts About Potassium

Did you know that one of the many facts about potassium is that it is necessary for life and you can enjoy potassium benefits simply by having a diet rich in foods containing potassium?

Potassium is a mineral found particularly in fruits and vegetables because it's an essential nutrient for the growth of plants.

Here Are Some Facts About Potassium

  • First found in 1807
  • Potassium is essential for life
  • It's found in your cells
  • Conducts electricity in the bidy (along with calcium, magnesium, sodium and chloride)
  • Because of our excessive consumpt ion of sodium, we should increase our intake of foods containing potassium to maintain a proper chemical balance in the body
  • A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts should give you the required amount of potassium
  • Potassium is lost when processing and canning foods
  • Adequate intake for adult should be around 4700 mg/day
  • Potassium supplements should be taking under medical supervision except for small amount you can find in a multivitamin
  • Potassium toxicity occurrs when the intake of potassium exceeds the capacity of the kidneys to eliminate it and it's called hyperkalemia

Potassium Benefits

  • Can reduce high blood pressure
  • Minimizes the risk of kidney stones
  • Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
  • Helps balance your body ph
  • Helps in the contraction of muscles

Potassium Food Sources

Foods containing potassium are:

  • Baked potatoes with skin
  • Legumes
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip
  • Carrots
  • Spinach, cooked
  • Artochokes
  • Winter squash
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Prunes
  • Oranges, orange juice
  • Dried fruits
  • Raisins
  • Cereals
  • Almonds, chestnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Clams
  • Fish (cod, haddock, halibut, salmon, tuna)

facts about potassium

Once again you can see that by having a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, has many benefits for your health. A medium banana provides about 425 mg of potassium in addition to having many other virtues ... but it will be for another time!

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