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Minerals

Potassium

Our 13th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Mineral. Chemical symbol: K. One of the most important minerals in our bodies. Working with sodium and chloride and other important substances to form "electrolytes", or the essential electrically charged ions which make up our bodily fluids.

Functions/Benefits
Lowers blood pressure. Slows aging of the circulatory system. Prevents stroke. Plays an important role in nerve conduction, energy production, synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, regulating heartbeat, kidney function, and muscle contraction.

Maintains water balance within cells. Stabilizes internal structure of cells. Helps to conduct nerve impulses. May protect against stroke. Improves athletic performance. May help treat and prevent cancer.


Deficiency Symptoms
Vomiting. Muscular weakness and paralysis. Muscle pains. Overwhelming fatigue. Low blood pressure. Acne. Nervousness. Constipation. Dry skin. Cardiac arrest. Insomnia.

Food sources
Raisins. Fresh fruits (avocado pears, bananas, raspberries). Dried apricots. Vegetables. Coffee. Nuts. Potatoes. Soybean. Soya flour. Tomato juice. Whole grain bread. Cereals.

US RDA: 900mg
EU RDA: 3,500mg
Supplements are normally not required. Is found abundantly in foods.

Toxicity
May cause muscular weakness and mental apathy, eventually stopping the heart. May cause ulceration of the small intestine.


Nutrient destroyers

Sugar. Caffeine.


 

 

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